“Lumberjack” is a 1944 American drama film directed by Lesley Selander and starring Nan Grey, Kirby Grant, and Jeff Donnell. The film follows the story of a young woman named Ruth (Nan Grey) who inherits a logging camp in the Pacific Northwest after her father’s death. Despite the doubts of the camp’s foreman, Jim (Kirby Grant), Ruth decides to take over the camp and become a lumberjack.
As Ruth tries to prove herself in a male-dominated industry, she faces various challenges such as hostile employees, equipment malfunctions, and dangerous logging conditions. However, with the help of Jim and her own determination, Ruth succeeds in running the camp and earning the respect of her workers.
Meanwhile, a romance develops between Ruth and Jim, but their relationship is tested when a rival logging company tries to sabotage their operations. Ruth and Jim must work together to overcome the obstacles and save the camp from ruin.
The film features spectacular footage of logging operations in the Pacific Northwest, as well as several musical performances by Kirby Grant. “Lumberjack” is a classic example of a Hollywood studio system-era film, with its strong focus on traditional gender roles and themes of perseverance and romance.
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