Photos above courtesy Dave Hadsell
1936, 64 minutes,
Principal/Columbia, black and white, mono
Reviews: The Variety critic could find
nothing good to say about this "oats opera."
"Strictly a program picture for secondary spots, with production,
mounting, and music of minor dimensions."
Judging from the reviews it appears that the story
only vaguely resembles Wright's novel. Arlen plays an
inexperienced salesman who heads west to find buried treasure in the
Mine With The Iron Door. An old and mean villain knows where the
mine is and attempts to keep Arlen from finding it. As Arlen gets
close to the mine he also falls in love with a beautiful young woman who
is also dear to the heart of the older villain. It is unclear from
the reviews what the relationship is between the woman and the villain,
perhaps she is his daughter. Neither review gives a clue how the
dilemna is resolved.
Dave Hadsell sent this note: Here's a link
to a page with an interesting item about how Gisela Goetten became June
Marlowe during the filming of WHEN A MAN'S A MAN.
Release: Columbia Pictures
Production: Principal Pictures (Sol Lesser)
Director: David Howard
Writing/Screenplay: From Harold Bell
Wright's novel by same name.
Availability: This movie has been released on video but I do
not know of any current source. It may be out of print. It was once
available from BostonPete.com, but
I don't find it there now.