Timberesque (1937)

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Produced and directed by New York banker King Guidice, this obscure Northwest melodrama was filmed on locations at Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, and Victorville, California. A famous singer, Andy Rance (Barry Norton), suffers a nervous breakdown and heads into the wilderness with his faithful dog, Flash. The pooch saves his master from a poisonous snake, a couple of wolves, and other wildlife dangers. Andy and his dog receive unwanted female companionship when lovely Celeste (Vyola Vonn) parachutes into their camp. Man and dog accompany the girl to her grandfather's lodge, where a gramophone recording reveals that Celeste is the girl singer that Andy has long admired. According to some reports, Guidice produced both a Spanish and a German version of this 41-minute long back-to-nature melodrama, which, strangely, was advertised as a musical.