Man of the Forest

Man of the Forest is a 1933 American pre-Code film directed by Henry Hathaway, based upon a novel by Zane Grey, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Randolph Scott and Verna Hillie.[1] The supporting cast features Harry Carey, Noah Beery, Barton MacLane, Buster Crabbe and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams. The film is also known as Challenge of the Frontier (American reissue title).

Man of the Forest
Theatrical poster with Carey and Beery
Directed byHenry Hathaway
Produced byHarold Hurley (producer)
Written byJack Cunningham (writer)
Zane Grey (novel)
Harold Shumate (writer)
StarringRandolph Scott
Verna Hillie
Harry Carey
Noah Beery
Buster Crabbe
CinematographyBen F. Reynolds
Edited byJack Dung
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 25, 1933 (1933-08-25)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hathaway directed much of the same cast (Scott, Beery, Carey and Crabbe) that same year in another Zane Grey story, The Thundering Herd, and also Scott, Beery and Crabbe in To the Last Man, yet another Zane Grey story that year..


Based upon a novel by Zane Grey, Man of the Forest involves a young lady (Verna Hillie) who is captured by a band of outlaws led by Clint Beasley (Noah Beery). Brett Dale (Randolph Scott) figures out their plan and rescues her.



A 35mm print of the film exists and was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2015.


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