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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 ...
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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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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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The Farmer
Written by Preston Foster
Sung by Irving Bacon
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Cougar at large
31 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The short-lived trans-Atlantic studio Eagle-Lion gave both the English and American moviegoers this Depression Era tale of a young man going to live in the wilds of Wyoming to escape the growing poverty and joblessness in Philadelphia where he's from. He's got an uncle there in Forrest Tucker, but goes to live with his mother's old boyfriend Preston Foster who has a place. Foster and Tucker aren't exactly best friends and living between both of them and trying to keep peace is preacher/farmer Irving Bacon and his wife Sarah Haden and their daughter Peggy Ann Garner. Of course she prefers McCallister to Tucker's oafish kids Skip Homeier and Gene Reynolds.

It's bad times like every where else. There's a drought, but also a mountain lion eating stock everywhere. The government has put a bounty on the cougar and Foster wants to collect it as he could use the money to jump start his ranch with significant timber holdings. Of course so could everyone else use the bounty money in those troubled times.

The film is in bad need of restoration to bring out the lush color location cinematography. But without any truly big names in the cast the film I'm sure is far down the pecking order. The cast gives some decent performances with McCallister and Garner a nice young couple the audience can identify with.

When it's restored I'm sure The Big Cat will be fine family viewing.


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