Timberjack is a 1955 American Trucolor Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Sterling Hayden, Vera Ralston, David Brian, Adolphe Menjou, Hoagy Carmichael and Chill Wills.
In the late 1800s, college-educated Tim Chipman returns to his boyhood home in the Talka area of Montana, after learning that his father, a lumberman who owns substantial timber property, has had a serious accident. Arriving after the elder Chipman has died, Tim learns the sad news from his former sweetheart, Lynne Tilton, who owns and performs in the popular saloon and dance hall “Vermillion Belle.” A private talk with Steve Riika, the Chipmans’ foreman and close family friend, increases Tim’s suspicion that behind his father’s death was foul play orchestrated by Croft Brunner, another logging operator who co-owns the Chipmans’ small railroad connected to the main line. The scheming Brunner, who was often at odds with Chipman, Sr., charges an $11,000 assessment on Chipman timber stock and prevents Tim from getting his lumber to market by closing the railroad until it is paid. Brunner then offers to buy Chipman land, claiming that he will pay more for it than it is worth.
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