Man Power (1927)

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This two-fisted Richard Dix vehicle casts the muscular star as virile caterpillar-tractor operator Tom Roberts. It is Roberts' mission to deliver a fragile cargo of dynamite, to be denoted for the purposes of redirecting an anticipated flood. The hero's odyssey is fraught with peril as he burrows his way through a torrential downpour, and at times it seems as if both Roberts and his shipment will "go to pieces" at any moment. Upon reaching his destination, Roberts is nearly engulfed when the dam bursts, but when the sturm und drang has subsided, the audience realizes that it takes more than Mother Nature to wipe out Richard Dix. Mary Brian provides romantic interest, while questionable comic relief is in the hands of black performer Oscar Smith.

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childbirth, dam-disaster, disaster, explosion, flood