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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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Complete credited cast:
Tom Eggers
Gil Hawks
Jim Hawks, Gil' Son
Mrs. Mary Cooper
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Wid Hawks, Gil' Son


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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April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Raubkatze  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tom Eggers: Ain't you forgettin' this is my property?
Matt Cooper: [with gun pointed at Tom] Ain't you forgettin' this is my gun?
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Remade as Track of the Cat (1954) See more »


The Farmer Is the Man (Who Feeds Us All)
Sung by Irving Bacon
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Possibly the best film of Phil Karlson's outdoor adventure period.
12 April 2002 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Operating with a limited in number but generally talented group of eight actors, director Phil Karlson, soon to be known for his essays into noir, here creates an engrossing adventure film set in 1933 depression and drought wracked southern Utah, and incorporates many of the elements which later will prove vital to his deserved reputation as an important narrator of urban crime. Residents of a small secluded valley are being tormented by a large mountain lion which, due to a shortage of water, has invaded their region to prey upon livestock, and the bounty for the beast of $150 is coveted by two long-feuding neighbours, one of whom, Tom Eggers (Preston Foster) provides a place to live for a city-bred young man (Lon McCallister), the son of the former love of his host and also the nephew of Eggers' rival, Gil Hawks (Forrest Tucker). The well-crafted scenario includes elements of romance, suspense and humour to the basic plot, and a certain darkness of tone has raised the work above most others of its stamp, with crisp editing (Karlson and Harvey Manger) prevailing, and we enjoy particularly fine performances from Foster and McCallister, with a pleasingly large role for veteran character actor Irving Bacon, a standout as a farmer doubling as a preacher.

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