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High Lonesome -- 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.
High Lonesome -- A mysterious young man shows up at a ranch, becomes involved in a series of murders and then disappears, only to return and solve the crimes.  (1950; B&W)


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Release Date:
1 September 1950 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Drew Barrymore ... Cooncat (as John Barrymore Jr.)

Chill Wills ... Boatwhistle, Ranch Cook
John Archer ... Pat Farrell
Lois Butler ... Meagan Davis
Kristine Miller ... Abby Davis
Basil Ruysdael ... 'Horse' Davis, Ranch Owner

Jack Elam ... Smiling Man
Dave Kashner ... Roper
Frank Cordell ... Frank
Clem Fuller ... Dixie
Hugh Aiken ... Art Simms
Howard Joslin ... Jim Shell

Directed by
Alan Le May 
Writing credits
Alan Le May (written by)

Produced by
George Templeton .... producer
Original Music by
Rudy Schrager  (as Rudolph Schrager)
Cinematography by
W. Howard Greene 
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Paisley .... assistant director
Harry Templeton .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound
Walter Oberst .... sound
Frank Cordell .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Clem Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Byron Munson .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Mitchell Kovaleski .... color consultant: Technicolor
Music Department
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hugh Aiken .... stager: dances
Crew believed to be complete

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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This Coon should stay tree'd, 28 November 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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