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The Sundowners (1950)

Approved | | Western | 2 February 1950 (USA)
Brother is pitted against brother in this tale of fueding ranchers in the old west.

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(as Alan LeMay), (story serialized by Collier's as "Thunder in the Dust") (as Alan LeMay)
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James Cloud ('Kid Wichita')
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Kathleen Boyce
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Earl Boyce
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Jim Strake
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Gill Bassen (The Whip)
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The Younger Brother - Jeff Cloud (as John Barrymore Jr.)
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A story of a range-war in the Texas Panhandle in which the 'bad' brother villain fights for what is right...and commits murder in its name, and the 'good' brother hero sanctions wholesale cattle rusting and, reluctantly in the end, comes to the realization that maybe he isn't doing the right thing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He was a target for every man's bullet ... and every woman's kiss !

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The film was financed by N. Peter Rathvon's Motion Picture Capital Corp. See more »

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Tom Cloud: When I get finish with the kid, I am comming for you.
James Cloud: You are?... Now how can I help you.
Tom Cloud: I don't care where you go, or what you do, but I'll find you.
James Cloud: Good luck.
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Ambitious, But Badly Executed
3 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's entirely possible that the VHS that I watched of this film was badly edited because the film seemed to begin in the middle.

The Cloud Brothers, Robert Sterling and John Drew Barrymore, have settled in some country where there's a nice range war in progress. They've got both big cattle baron John Litel and a group of smaller ranchers against them. All they want to do is be left alone, but neither group will allow that.

A third brother, Robert Preston, arrives on the scene. He's a noted outlaw named Kid Wichita and he really ratchets up the violence quotient. That also includes killing the sheriff who is Litel's son and Jack Elam who's married to Cathy Downs who he's taking a fancy to.

This is a nice cast and John Drew Barrymore certainly showed he had the potential to be an earlier version of James Dean. The heritage of that name proved too much for that man though.

One of the more ambitious undertakings from Eagle-Lion Studios. But The Sundowners was flawed in the execution.

The Robert Mitchum/Deborah Kerr Sundowners was far better.


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