Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Hell Bent Fer Heaven was based on the 1924 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Hatcher Hughes. Most of the story takes place high in the Kentucky hills, in the home of Matt Hunt (Wilfred North) and his family. Worried that he'll lose his job when Matt's son Sid (John Harron) returns from WWI, demented handyman Rufe Pryor (Gardner James) tries to stir up trouble between Sid and Andy Lowry (Gayne Whitman), the sister of Sid's sweetheart Jude (Patsy Ruth Miller). Rufe's villainy sparks a revival of the old Hunt-Lowry feud, which comes to a head when it appears that Andy has killed Sid (far from the truth!) But despite Rufe's last-ditch effort to eliminate Sid by blowing up a dam and flooding the territory, Sid manages to prevent further bloodshed and patches up the differences between the two warring families.
dam-disaster, family-feud, feud, handyman, murder, rival, sister, sweetheart