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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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Silly acting. Some of it is laughable See more (6 total) »


  (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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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Silly acting. Some of it is laughable, 11 May 2005
Author: westerner357 from U.S.

Filmed by Eagle-Lion right after THE SUNDOWNERS (1950) near some of the same Amarillo locations and with returning cast members Chill Wills, Jack Elam and the 'star', gawky teenager John Drew Barrymore. No Robert Preston to give some weight to the film, this time.

Story boils down to a boy, "Cooncat" (Barrymore) running away from an abusive home and witnessing a murder committed by Elam and Dave Kashner. Only the local ranch owner Horse Davis (Basil Ruysdael) and his family don't believe him. They think Cooncat's seeing ghosts because Cooncat's describing some men that were killed during a range war 15 years previously. Of course there are no ghosts. Cooncat actually did see the murder. I won't give away the ending but lets just say it too is as anti-climatic as the THE SUNDOWNERS was.

This also suffers from some of the same disjointed editing that that earlier film had suffered from, as well as Barrymore doing his silly facial grimaces while he overacts his part. And the way John Archer treats his bride-to-be Kristine Miller, needs to be seen to be believed. He spanks her on the bottom for shooting down a pan off the wall in order to prove a point. Then they kiss and make up like nothing happened. UN-REAL. Obviously some of the details in the script weren't worked out for the audience ahead of time.

Also filmed in Technicolor with nice scenic West Texas locations, it's worth a look but it's not a keeper, in my opinion.

4 out of 10

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