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The Big Cat (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | April 1949 (USA)
1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.

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Tom Eggers
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Gil Hawks
Skip Homeier ...
Jim Hawks, Gil' Son
Sara Haden ...
Mrs. Mary Cooper
Irving Bacon ...
Matt Cooper the Mailman
Gene Reynolds ...
Wid Hawks, Gil' Son
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1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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COUGAR CUNNING THAT DEFIED HUNTERS' GUNS! (newspaper print ad - all caps) See more »


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Die Raubkatze  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Gil Hawks: Tom, why don't you own up - that cat's too smart for you. Take a better shot than you're ever gonna be to collect that bounty
[he laughs mockingly]
Tom Eggers: You think so?
[he shoots Gil's hat from his hand]
Gil Hawks: You ever do that again, Tom Eggers and I'm gonna split your back open
Tom Eggers: If I ever do it again, I won't be aiming at your hat
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Remade as Track of the Cat (1954) See more »

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Immensely Satisfying
9 October 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

A young easterner returns to the drought affected valley where his mother grew up, aggravating the already intense feud between his mother's ex-fiancé and his estranged uncle. Complicating things even more is a huge mountain lion that holds the small community virtually hostage, killing precious livestock.

Though not exactly politically correct, this is an outdoor adventure with a whole lot of heart. A simple folksy script, earnest performances, and excellent location photography make this almost impossible to resist.

With all the limited resources of a low-budget film in nineteen-forty-nine, director Phil Karlson managed to pull off a minor miracle by getting believable performances out of the animals.


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