|TIMBERJACK (director: Joseph Kane; screenwriters: Alan Rivkin/from the novel by Dan Cushman; cinematographer: Jack Marta; editor: Richard L. Van Enger; music: Victor Young; cast: Vera Ralston (Lyne Tilton), Sterling Hayden (Tim Chipman), David Brian (Croft Brunner), Adolphe Menjou (Sweetwater Tilton), Hoagy Carmichael (Jingles), Jim Davis (Poole), Howard Petrie (Axe-Handle), Chill Wills (Steve Rilka), George Marshall (Fireman), Elisha Cook Jr. (Punky), Karl Davis (Red Bush); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Herbert J. Yates/Joseph Kane; Republic; 1955)|
by Dennis Schwartz
oater. Director Joseph Kane ("Jubilee
Trail"/"Ride the Man Down"/"Hoodlum Empire") draws the
minimum action required from this revenge film. It's
based on the novel by Dan Cushman and
is lamely written by Alan
(David Brian) and Tim Chipman
(Sterling Hayden) are timber company rivals in
Montana. Tim can't be sweet-talked to stop seeking
revenge on his rival, who murdered his father. To add
fuel to the already tense rivalry, the good-hearted
but fiery saloon keeper Lyne Tilton (Vera
Ralston) is the girl both men crave.
The forest scenery is nice to look at, but the story is a drag. Ralston's voice is dubbed for her songs, and Hoagy Carmichael's saloon piano jazz tunes fail to hit any warm notes. Adolphe Menjou's flowery dialogue doesn't get over in this film.
REVIEWED ON 4/27/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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