In 1935, after forty years in a West Virginia prison, three released convicts wish to open a legitimate business using the twenty-five thousand dollars earned in jail, but a crooked prison guard in cahoots with the town banker plans to defraud them.
Freckles marks Andrew McLaglen's third feature film and it's the third remake of
Gene Stratton Porter's novel about a one handed orphan kid who goes to work
for a lumber baron played here by veteran western heavy Roy Barcroft.
Barcroft takes a liking to young Martin West and gives him a job riding herd on
the trees lest they be cut down by another logging outfit, specifically the one
run by Steven Peck. Good thing it wasn't his shooting arm lost.
Some nice color cinematography from Big Bear Lake is the real star of Freckles.
The young leads of West and Carol Christiansen are attractive.
And you also get a chance to see not only Barcroft, but Jack Lambert as a good
guy for a change.
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