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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | 13 March 1936 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
June Tolliver
Jack Hale
Judd Tolliver
Major Thurber
Buck Falin
Buddie Tolliver
Otto Fries ...
Clayt Tolliver
Lena Tolliver
Ezra Tolliver
Wade Falin (as Henry Kleinbach)


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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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Pittsburgh Friday 7 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Chicago 22 August 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in Grand Rapids 30 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. In Indianapolis it first aired Friday 2 October 1959 on Frances Farmer Presents, a film series hosted by former screen star Frances Farmer on WFBM (Channel 6), an NBC affiliate who was the first to broadcast it in color. It was released on DVD 7 July 2009 as part of the Universal Backlot Series. See more »


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 »


Dave Tolliver: I was him that done it, him that said he was our friend. That's why he give us money, that's why he give us money, y'unnerstand. He took her away, he's been wantin' to take her but he was afeared. Alright, he thinks now maybe that the money will keep us from telling him that we uns up here don't take nobody's woman. Money ain't a-stoppin' us from that...
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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Music by Harry Carroll
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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine features fine performances by Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, Sylvia Sidney, and Spanky McFarland
28 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this Technicolor Paramount feature (The first of the kind that was shot outdoors) on YouTube. While it had stars like Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, and Sylvia Sidney, the main reason I was interested in this movie was because of one Spanky McFarland, who at the time was still a member of "Our Gang". This was a compelling story of a couple of feuding families and one outsider played by MacMurray who's trying to build a railroad around both respective groups' areas. There's also a romantic rivalry between Fonda and MacMurray for Sidney. Also appearing were Beulah Bondi, Nigel Bruce, and Samuel Hinds as the Sheriff. (If anyone is familiar with me, they know my favorite movie is It's a Wonderful Life and I like noting actors in that movie in other films like Bondi and Hinds who were married in the latter) Then there's Fuzzy Knight who's a charmer as something of a Greek chorus singing songs like "Twlight on the Trail" and the Oscar-nominated "A Melody from the Sky". Incidentally, while Knight sings the latter, Fonda whistles and Spanky hums and this was a couple of years before Spanky's "Our Gang" co-star Alfalfa sung part of this tune in the short The Little Ranger (which McFarland doesn't appear in). Anyway, this was a fine showcase for the Technicolor photography as kudos to director Henry Hathaway for making every scene count as this was a most entertaining drama with a couple of touching, though tragic, scenes at the end. So on that note, I highly recommend The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.

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