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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  13 March 1936 (USA)
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A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad ... See full summary »

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Melissa
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Buddie Tolliver
Fuzzy Knight ...
Tater
Otto Fries ...
Corsey
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Sheriff
Alan Baxter ...
Clay Tolliver
Margaret Armstrong ...
Tolliver family member
Ricca Allen ...
Tolliver family member
Fern Emmett ...
Lena Tolliver
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A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad through both families' land and mine coal deposits beneath it, enterprising outsider Jack Hale (Fred MacMurray) inadvertently becomes entangled in the region's politics. He soon captures the attention of the beautiful June Tolliver (Sylvia Sidney) and quickly becomes involved in a love triangle with her and her cousin Dave (Henry Fonda) Written by tonyman

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feud | train | remake | based on novel

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Paramount's first Technicolor feature and the first feature to be shot in Three-Strip Technicolor outside of a studio environment (on location). See more »

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The mud on June Tolliver changes thickness and shape between shots. It also changes from wet to dry and then back to wet. See more »

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The opening credits (except for the Paramount logo) all appear as if they had been printed on tree barks. See more »


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A Melody from the Sky
Music by Louis Alter
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung by Fuzzy Knight, with Henry Fonda (whistling)
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A landmark Technicolor film that is still effective.
10 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936) is a landmark color film of considerable dramatic power that has been neglected in Hollywood history. It was the second full-length feature to be produced in the newly-developed 3 strip Technicolor process. The first Technicolor feature, BECKY SHARP, had opened the previous year (1935) but did not find audience favor. There is strong evidence to suggest that THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE was the film that really popularized color.

Aside from the superb color photography, the film has much to recommend it. There are very strong performances, particularly that of Sylvia Sidney as the backwoods mountain girl - a very convincing portrayal. She is supported by two handsome newcomers, Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray, plus veterans such as Fred Stone, Beulah Bondi, and Spanky MacFarland. The story line is very compelling and there is the strong direction of Henry Hathaway (LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, KISS OF DEATH, TRUE GRIT). In its original release, audiences reportedly burst into applause while viewing some of the color scenes. The film was a box office smash for Paramount, playing to packed houses in both large and small towns. (This is well documented.) It remains compelling entertainment today. The high-quality color photography was very much in evidence in the VHS tape that MCA released in the Nineties. It is to be hoped that the same high quality will be seen in the projected 2009 DVD release of this beloved film.


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