Big Timber (1924)

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A typical assembly-line product from busy Universal Pictures, this silent action melodrama starring William Desmond and Olive Hasbrouck was based on The Heart of the Night Wind, a 1913 novel by Virgil E. Roe. Arriving in the Pacific Northwest to claim his timber holdings, Walter Sandry (Desmond) learns that a rival company is forcing its way into the territory. After beating the competitor's unscrupulous foreman (Albert J. Smith) in a furious fight, Walter has to quell a potentially devastating forest fire before he can finally claim the girl. Big Timber was directed by William J. Craft, a veteran who is later credited with awarding a very young William Wyler his first job as a director.