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Law of the Timber (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 19 December 1941 (USA)
The H&L Lumber Company headed by Henry Lorimer and his daughter "Perry", receives a huge national defense order, and prepares to cut the dangerous Antler Valley tract. Eastern dude John ... See full summary »


Bernard B. Ray


James Oliver Curwood (story "The Speck on the Wall"), Jack Natteford (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Reynolds ... 'Perry' Lorimer
Monte Blue ... Hodge Mason
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Adams
Sven Hugo Borg ... Olaf (as Sven-Hogo Borg)
Hal Brazeale Hal Brazeale ... John Gordon
Earl Eby Earl Eby ... Frank Barnes (as Earle Eby)
George Humbert George Humbert ... Eric
Milburn Morante ... Abe Cain (as Milt Morani - billing typo)
Betty Roadman Betty Roadman ... Ma Cain
Eddie Phillips ... Sam Cain
Jack Holmes Jack Holmes ... Harry Lorimer (as Jack M. Holmes)
Zero the Dog Zero the Dog ... Zero


The H&L Lumber Company headed by Henry Lorimer and his daughter "Perry", receives a huge national defense order, and prepares to cut the dangerous Antler Valley tract. Eastern dude John Gordon applies for a lumberjack's job and Lorimer hires him. Soon, a series of accidents occur, topped by a forest fire of unknown origin, in which Lorimer is killed. Perry decides to carry on in her father's place, despite the objections of camp manager Barnes, who covets the company. The storehouse, where the dynamite needed to clear an avalanche is stored, explodes and Barnes blames Gordon. The latter has some cartridge cases used by the rifleman to explode the storehouse, and Barnes instructs his henchman Hodge Mason to get the evidence and kill Gordon. Perry overhears and attempts to stop them, but Barnes knocks her unconscious and puts her in the cab of a runaway train. Unable to keep Mason from reaching the plunger to set off an explosion to wreck the train, Gordon boards the speeding engine and... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TIMBER FIRE! Flaming forest Giants crash to their doom...as a mystery killer counts his victims. See more »


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Release Date:

19 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Oliver Curwood's Law of the Timber See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 4 February 1946 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Cincinnati it first aired Sunday 23 May 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4) , in Chicago Friday 29 October 1948 on WENR (Channel 7), in Detroit Friday 12 November 1948 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in San Francisco Saturday 4 June 1949 on KGO (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Saturday 2 July 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Atlanta Monday 18 July 1949 on WAGA (Channel 5), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 3 January 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


I'll Keep Rolling My Own
Lyrics and Music by Hal Raynor
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Timber mystery
25 January 2008 | by Phil ReederSee all my reviews

Engaging little mystery set in a lumber camp. Yeah, the plot is pretty clichéd - cute blonde inherits her pop's business which greedy crooks are after - but the picturesque forest setting gives the story a new dimension of interest. Someone is sabotaging the H&L Lumber Co's operations and will stop at nothing - even murder - to take over and get H&L's new government contract. Red herrings abound, from the multicultural lumberjacks themselves to the squatters living illegally nearby. And how about that new guy who looks and acts nothing like a lumberjack? As the mystery unfolds we are treated to the great scenery of Big Bear Lake,CA, along with stock footage of the lumber industry in action (kind of funny seeing the same log splash into the river multiple times!) The acting is decent, with the best performance hailing from Sven Hugo Borg as the Swede Olaf; the film's most suspenseful moment revolves around a secret message Olaf scrawls on a poker card...but will that ace fall into the hand of the intended recipient?

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