Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The titular "toilers" are three coal-mining pals: Steve (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), Toby (Wade Boteler), and Butch (Robert Ryan -- and no, not that Robert Ryan). While Toby and Butch fritter away their paychecks on booze and dames, Steve settles down when he falls in love with Mary (Jobyna Ralston). Alas, on the day of his wedding, Steve and his two buddies are among the dozen or so miners trapped in a cave-in. In addition to its well-staged "underground" scenes, The Toilers boasted an impressive musical score, courtesy of the RCA Photophone recording process.
coal, crew, disaster, fire, love, mine, rescue, storm, struggle, trapped