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Timberjack (1955)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 18 February 1955 (USA)
In the late 1800s Montana, two competing logging operators clash over ownership of a logging railroad, land and timber clear-cutting rights.

Director:

Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screenplay), Dan Cushman (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Tim Chipman
Vera Ralston ... Lynne Tilton
David Brian ... Croft Brunner
Adolphe Menjou ... 'Sweetwater' Tilton
Hoagy Carmichael ... Jingles
Chill Wills ... Steve Riika
Jim Davis ... Poole
Howard Petrie ... 'Axe-Handle' Ole
Ian MacDonald ... Pauquette
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Punky (as Elisha Cook)
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Red Bush (as Karl Davis)
Wally Cassell ... Veazie
Tex Terry Tex Terry ... Charlie
George Marshall George Marshall ... Fireman
The Lancers The Lancers ... Singers
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Storyline

Tim Shipman returns to his father's logging company only to find his father has been killed, money is owed, and Croft Brunner controls the railroad used to haul out the logs. But he learns the Government restriction on his valuable stand of timber has been lifted. Brunner wants that timber and tries to buy him out. Refusing to sell, Tim makes plans to somehow get the timber out. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Taglines:

LUSTY...ROUSING...ROBUST ADVENTURE! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Rächer vom Silbersee See more »

Filming Locations:

Hubbard Dam, Montana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Just before he starts the hijacked train, the boom's shadow falls across Tim Chipman's back while he is removing his coat. See more »

Soundtracks

HE'S DEAD BUT HE WON'T LIE DOWN
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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They're fighting over timber and Vera, not necessarily in that order
18 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lesser Hoagy Carmichael is better than the top drawer effort of a lot of composers. And Hoagy and the songs he does with and without Vera Hruba Ralston is the best thing about Timberjack. Which as you probably gathered is a story about logging.

Sterling Hayden comes home after the murder of his father and finds that dad's rival David Brian is ruling the roost there and eliminating competition. Originally Hayden was going to sell, but he and his father's foreman Chill Wills decide to stay and fight.

Timber isn't all that Hayden and Brian are scrapping about, they've also got saloon entertainer Vera on their minds and on their libidos. Vera is as wooden as ever, but she's something to look at in a low cut dress.

But the real treat is Hoagy Carmichael, playing the piano and accompanying Ralston and himself. Several songs were written for this film and Carmichael is always a treat.

There is also an adroit performance by Adolphe Menjou as Ralston's father, an attorney with a drinking problem. He's never bad in anything he does even if the film isn't top drawer.

Timberjack also features some good location cinematography, especially in the forest scenes and the logging scenes. Fans of Sterling Hayden and Hoagy Carmichael should like this, most especially the latter.


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