Voice of the Storm (1929)

Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Karl Dane, the hulking comedy relief in many an MGM film, is top-billed in the FBO action melodrama Voice of the Storm. Dane and Warner P. Richmond play a couple of rough-and-tumble telephone lineman who find themselves up to their hip-boots in danger when Richmond falls in love with scientist's daughter Martha Sleeper. While working on a mysterious "doomsday" weapon, the scientist is murdered by an enemy spy and his formula is stolen. Richmond is blamed for the murder, whereupon Dane decides to play detective and track down the real killer. Just as Dane and Sleeper find the evidence necessary to free Richmond, the latter is preparing to take the "long walk" to the electric chair. With all the telephone lines down, Dane must brave a ferocious storm to rescue his pal (A question: If the power lines are down, wouldn't that affect the "chair" as well?)