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Director:
Writers:
Grover Jones (screen play)
John Fox Jr. (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1936 (USA) See more »
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A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Don't Let the Obscurity Fool You See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Sylvia Sidney ... June Tolliver

Fred MacMurray ... Jack Hale

Henry Fonda ... Dave Tolliver
Fred Stone ... Judd Tolliver

Nigel Bruce ... Thurber

Beulah Bondi ... Melissa Tolliver
Robert Barrat ... Buck Falin

George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Buddie Tolliver
Fuzzy Knight ... Tater
Otto Fries ... Corsey
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sheriff
Alan Baxter ... Clayt Tolliver
Margaret Armstrong ... Tolliver family member
Ricca Allen ... Tolliver family member
Fern Emmett ... Lena Tolliver
Richard Carle ... Ezra Tolliver

Henry Brandon ... Wade Falin
Jess Barker ... Merd Falin (as Philip Barker)
Bob Kortman ... Gorley Falin
Charlotte Wynters ... Katherine Hale
Frank Rice ... Zeke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ... Mailman
John Beck ... Tolliver Clan Member
Hank Bell ... Tolliver Clan Member
Clara Blandick ... Landlady
James Burke ... Leader
Fred Burns ... Tolliver Clan Member
Powell Clayton ... Dave at age 5
Jim Corey ... Falin Clan Member
Jack Curtis ... Store Clerk
Lowell Drew ... Bartender
George Ernest ... Dave at age 10
Betty Farrington ... Louisville Teacher

Bud Geary ... Tolliver Clan Member
John Larkin ... Ebony
Edward LeSaint ... Tolliver Clan Member
Merrill McCormick ... Falin Clan Member (as Bill McCormick)
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Preacher

Charles Middleton ... Blacksmith
Lee Phelps ... Taylor
Russ Powell ... Storekeeper
Tuffy ... The Dog
Hilda Vaughn ... Gaptown Teacher
Jim Welch ... Tolliver Clan Member
Norman Willis ... Old Dave (in prologue)
Charlene Arnold ... (uncredited)
Martin Beaumon ... Lumberjack (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Grover Jones (screen play)

John Fox Jr. (based on the novel by)

Harvey F. Thew (adaptation) (as Harvey Thew) and
Horace McCoy (adaptation)

Produced by
Walter Wanger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gerard Carbonara (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert C. Bruce 
W. Howard Greene (technicolor photography) (as Howard Greene)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Helen Taylor 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Talmadge .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Alexander Toluboff .... settings designer
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Otto Metzetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Metzetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Boris Morros .... musical director
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Martin Beaumon .... animal handler (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
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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Continuity: 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Don't Let the Obscurity Fool You, 24 March 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

The movie's an affecting tale of feuding backwoods families, who must also make adjustments to encroaching modern world. I was expecting a Romeo-Juliet situation with the families, but that's surprisingly not the case. Instead June (Sidney) has to decide between her cousin Dave (Fonda) and outsider Hale (MacMurray). Tradition favors Dave, but her heart favors Hale. At the same time, railroad developers are crossing land owned by each family, and neither the Tollivers nor the Falins wants to accommodate their hereditary enemy. They'd rather shoot each other if they get the chance. And who knows how the enmity started, except now it's part of both families' tradition. If the movie's flawed, it's with the use of of popular backwoods stereotypes.

Apparently this was the first outdoor Technicolor feature (IMDB), but you'd never know it. Visually the film is quite striking, with a lot of beautiful outdoor compositions. Also, you'd never guess these were filmed just 35-miles east of LA in the San Bernardino mountains. The acting too is first-rate—a soulful Sydney, an ornery Fonda, and an underrated MacMurray. Then there's Sherlock Holmes' favorite Dr. Watson, Nigel Bruce, in a non-comedic role. Needless to say, that took some adjustment for this old Sherlock fan. In fact, there're a couple other unexpected cast members, as well: Little Rascal Spanky McFarland and comedic Fuzzy Knight. And, of course, mustn't forget everyone's favorite hard-scrabble mom, Beulah Bondi, as the long-suffering ma Tolliver.

I like the way the movie works the culture clash between tradition and modernity into the plot. The railroad company pays big money for land use, and that along with a railway to service the expected coal deposits, is bringing the backwoods into the modern age, as June's evolution shows. Of course, not everyone's supportive of change, particularly dad Tolliver (Stone). The movie has some uncommonly poignant moments, especially that final sequence, which conveys an extraordinary emotional power. As a kid, I recall bawling at it, and even now as a geezer, it brought a tear to the eye. As I see it, Fuzzy and his dog are mourning not only friends but the passing of a simpler way of life.

All in all, the movie is surprisingly good, with a strong story, commanding visuals, and a thoughtful subtext. So don't pass it up because of a relative obscurity.

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