The Tougher They Come


1h 9m 1950

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Film Length
6,176ft

Synopsis

In Seattle, Washington, loggers Bill Shaw and Joe McKinley are friendly rivals for Helen. Joe wants to marry Helen, but she sees no future in logging and turns him down. When Joe learns that his uncle has died and left him his logging business, however, Helen imagines that Joe will live in Chicago as his uncle did, and agrees to marry him. A year later, Helen and Joe are still living at the logging camp, and Joe is trying to pull the business back from near bankruptcy. When Helen learns that Joe has had an offer for the business from lumber magnate Thompson, she insists that he consider it, even though the offer is very low. Later, Helen secretly visits Thompson and offers to help him persuade Joe to sell the business. In Seattle, Joe has a reunion with Bill, who now owns a fleet of fishing boats. Joe invites him to come north with him and Helen and log for the winter. At first, Bill is reluctant, but when he learns that Joe's crew has experienced a rash of accidents, he suspects that Thompson is trying to force Joe out of business and agrees to join them. Bill's suspicions are correct, as Joe's foreman, Gus Williams, has been paid by Thompson to sabotage Joe's operation. Back at the camp, the cook's daughter, red-headed Rattle Rafferty, is pleased by the arrival of handsome Bill. One night, Rattle sees Helen visit Bill's cabin, which leads her to believe they are having an affair. Bill, however, respects Joe's marriage, although Helen continues to flirt with him. The company is plagued by increasingly serious accidents, one of which wrecks Joe's locomotive, killing several men and injuring Bill. Rattle nurses Bill while he recovers and tells him her suspicions about Gus, but Bill dismisses them as fantasy. Meanwhile, Gus provokes Joe to fight with Bill over Helen. Later, Rafferty gets drunk in the woods on Bill's whisky and sees Gus set a fire. Using a camp phone, Rafferty calls Rattle, but Gus overhears him and knocks him unconscious. Roused by Rafferty, Rattle and Bill round up the men to fight the fire. When Gus sees them rescue Rafferty and realizes that his double-dealing will be revealed, he struggles with Bill, who finally forces him to confess that he has been working for Thompson. Back at the camp, Helen learns that Joe has been trapped by the fire and hurries to his aid. Thanks to her efforts, Joe is rescued, and he and Helen are reconciled. Later Rattle and Bill get married, and the two couples agree to work together to make a success of the business.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Film Length
6,176ft

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