Battle of Greed


1h 5m 1937

Brief Synopsis

When silver is found in Virginia City, Lawyer John Storm leads a group from Indiana west. He soon has to defend them all in court against a company that is after their claims. Fighting a crooked Judge, he gets a mis-trial by telling how much each of the jurors was bribed. Then he gets the Governor to appoint a new Judge. But just as the retrial opens, the Judge learns his daughter has been kidnaped.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 18, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Crescent Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Crescent Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5,329ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

After lawyer John Storm lectures to a group of prospective miners in Indiana about the riches to be gained from mining the Comstock Lode in Nevada, he leads them on a week-long journey to Virginia City. However, when the men arrive they discover that the Caledonia Mining Company has dubiously acquired the mining rights to the land they were to work on. Though John takes the issue to court and argues correctly that the Caledonia Co. has no right to the claim, he loses because crooked Judge Albion presides over the case. John asks Mark Twain, a local newspaper editor, for advice, and Twain suggests that he ask for a retrial and seek out Jockey Brown, who fixed the original jury, and pay him to divulge his illicit activities. After John convinces Jockey to accept his horse in return for the information about the payments Hammond made to each jury member, Jockey skips town. An attempt at a second trial fails when a man named Bates bursts into the courtroom and demands that it be cleared. As a result, a petition is submitted to the governor to remove Judge Albion, after which Judge Avery, accompanied by his young daughter Linda, is sent to Virginia City to replace him. Soon after the Averys arrive, John's son Danny is shot by one of Hammond's men and lies paralized, and Linda takes care of him. Hammond swears he will take revenge on John after he is pushed into a water trough, and then tries unsuccessfully to blackmail the slowly recovering Danny into leaving town. Just as the case goes to trial before Judge Avery, some of Hammond's men abduct Linda, and Danny, who witnessed the abduction, hobbles over to the courthouse on crutches to get help. Hammond threatens the judge with Linda's life if he does not rule in their favor, but Avery refuses to be blackmailed and rules in favor of John. When Danny arrives in the courtroom, John and his men leave to rescue Linda. Hammond then holds a gun to Danny and is shot by Judge Avery. John finds Linda, saves her, and the two kiss and embrace.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 18, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Crescent Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Crescent Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5,329ft (6 reels)

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Notes

This film was one in series of E. B. Derr-produced historical westerns featuring Tom Keene. The first Derr/Keene western was the 1936 Crescent Pictures film The Glory Trail (see below). A Hollywood Reporter production chart credits director Howard Higgin with the original story. According to Hollywood Reporter, filming took place in Newhall, CA.