Lumberjack (1944) William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers, Douglass Dumbrille, Ellen Hall Movie Review

Lumberjack (1944)   3/53/53/53/53/5

William Boyd in Lumberjack (1944)

Cassidy's Old Wood

When Julie Peters (Ellen Hall) marries her man it only brings short lived happiness as her husband is murdered shortly after as a trio of bad guys want the land which was her husbands and planned to buy it in a land auction on the cheap. But now Julie has inherited the land and problems which come with it from those bad guys who will do anything to get their hands on the land to a lumber contract to complete. Fortunately Julie is friends with Hopalong Cassidy "William Boyd" and California (Andy Clyde) who whilst frustrated by Julie being fooled by some businessmen do their best to protect her.

I will jump right to the best thing about "Lumberjack" and that is a big brawl scene which comes half way as at times it feels like the supporting actors have been told to just let loose and there is chaos. The thing is other than this fight scene and some usual comedy as sidekick California almost ends up married by accident there isn't much you won't have seen before in this Hopalong Cassidy movie.

As such we have corrupt businessmen trying to get their hands on land by means foul; be that murder or fooling Julie in to signing a timber contract she has no hope of completing on time. Yes it makes this one a bit more of a developing storyline as we have a series of foul tricks by the bad guys but in the end we are talking heroic Hopalong saves the day after he smells a rat.

What this all boils down to is that "Lumberjack" the 52nd of the 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies is a routine as they come and whilst entertaining is nothing special.