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Timber Stampede (1939)

Approved | | Western | 30 June 1939 (USA)
The cattlemen graze their cattle in the big pines, but the railroad wants to clear cut the land and sell the timber for profit. Then they can sell the land to another railroad and make a ... See full summary »


David Howard


Morton Grant (screenplay), Bernard McConville (from stories by) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Scott Baylor
Chill Wills ... Whopper Hatch
Marjorie Reynolds ... Anne Carr
Morgan Wallace ... Dunlap
Robert Fiske ... Matt Chaflin
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Jay Jones
Earl Dwire ... Henry Clay Baylor
Frank Hagney ... Champ - Henchman
Bob Burns ... Sheriff Lyman
Monte Montague ... Jake
Bud Osborne ... Brady


The cattlemen graze their cattle in the big pines, but the railroad wants to clear cut the land and sell the timber for profit. Then they can sell the land to another railroad and make a lot of money while destroying the wilderness. Scott and Henry are against them and try to show that Jay and Dunlap are robber barons. First they must stop the phoney homesteading scam and convince Anne, that her glowing tributes to the railroad are unfounded by their greed. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Cattlemen vs. Railroad!..Crashing bullets..Smashing action!..




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Release Date:

30 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fuerza de hombría See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first of cowboy star George O'Brien's RKO entries to lose money during its initial release. See more »


Matt Chaflin, Hired Gunslinger: I always give a man an even break - unless I know he's faster on the draw than I am.
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Good Production
3 August 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

RKO certainly didn't stint on hiring extras for this horse opera. More crowds emerge here than many A-productions, and the guys do look like roughnecks. It's a better-than-average oater, with towns and countryside not seen in a hundred other matinée westerns. Also, the plot has topical relevance since the baddies use subterfuge to destroy the forest ecosystem for sneaky profit. On the other hand, Scott (O'Brien) and the cowboys want to keep the forest so their cattle have grass to graze.

I really like Robert Fiske as gunslinger Matt. His hard-eyed stare and deadpan demeanor are striking to see and bespeak a lifetime of casual cruelty. Chill Wills too does well with comedy relief without being silly, some of his tall tales being a real hoot. Then too O'Brien gets to sport some of the biggest Stetsons on record, at the same time, he's pushing a bit on the waistline, but then he is a middle-aged 40. It hasn't slowed him down, however.

All in all, it's a colorful and well-produced programmer with a good positive message.

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