Lumberjack (1944)

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Hoppy and his pals ride to the rescue when hornswogglers threaten a widow's forestland.


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20 November 2019 | MartinHafer
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| For the most part, a very typical B-western.
In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Hollywood made thousands of B-westerns. And, if you've watched a few, you probably noticed several plots that keep repeating themselves. One of the most familiar, if not THE most familiar, is the baddie who is intent on owning EVERYTHING....and they use thugs to insure that the locals just give up and he takes their land. This is the plot for "Lumberjack"!

When the story begins, Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) and his sidekick (Andy Clyde) arrive in town...just in time to see the local baddie (Douglas Dumbrille...who ALWAYS played a baddie) trying to take control of the local lumber industry. However, a plucky woman (and they're nearly always plucky in these films) insists she can make a go of the lumber industry. Naturally, along the way, the baddie has his agents do everything they can to make the business fail. Ultimately, when this fails, they use deadly force. Can Hoppy and the good guys stop this threat to truth, justice and the American way?

Aside from being about lumber instead of cattle or range land, the film is a by the books story from start to finish. Nothing special here. Watchable and a bit better made than some, as the Hopalong Cassidy films were generally pretty good compared to some of the cheaper competition. Still, no surprises at all in this one.

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