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High Lonesome (1950)

Approved | | Western | 1 September 1950 (USA)
When a sudden spurt of murders occurs in the Big Bend country, suspicion immediately falls on a young drifter who just moved to the area.




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Complete credited cast:
Cooncat (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Boatwhistle, Ranch Cook
Pat Farrell
Lois Butler ...
Meagan Davis
Kristine Miller ...
Abby Davis
'Horse' Davis, Ranch Owner
Smiling Man
Frank Cordell ...
Hugh Aiken ...
Art Simms
Howard Joslin ...
Jim Shell


When a sudden spurt of murders occurs in the Big Bend country, suspicion immediately falls on a young drifter who just moved to the area.

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THE UNKNOWN, THE UNSEEN...HAUNTED his footsteps...PERILED his life...DARED him to expose them! (original 3-sheet poster) See more »




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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança dos Mortos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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20 Miles From Carson
by Chill Wills
Written by Chill Wills (uncredited) and Alan Le May (uncredited)
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This Coon should stay tree'd
28 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Purportedly High Lonesome was shot in color for the transoceanic company Eagle Lion Pictures. But all I saw was a pretty bad black and white print rented on Amazon.

John Drew Barrymore who with his sister Diana carried the most famous thespian name in America stars in this film playing a youthful loner type whom we just know as 'Cooncat'. In a part that Steve McQueen would have probably phoned in with a good performance, Barrymore plays a troubled youth who is a runaway from an abusive home in Texas. Unfortunately in his travels he walks into an area where a whole lot of unsolved murders are taking place and he gets good and tagged for them.

Not believing him, but taking him in anyway the better to keep an eye on him is rancher Basil Ruysdael with two pretty daughters, Lois Butler and Kristine Miller. Only Miller believes in Barrymore. In the end all is revealed as that Belgian sleuth was wont to say.

Poor Barrymore like Diana he did some unmemorable films for the most part, the pressure of the name a bit much to handle. High Lonesome is one of those films. Maybe the color might have helped, but I have to judge on the print available.

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