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High Voltage (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 June 1929 (USA)
A busload of passengers gets stranded in a snowstorm and take refuge in an abandoned church, where they run into a mysterious man who may be on the run from the law.


Howard Higgin


Elliott J. Clawson (story) (as Elliott Clawson), James Gleason (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Bill (The Boy) (as Bill Boyd)
Carole Lombard ... Billie Davis (The Girl) (as Carol Lombard)
Owen Moore ... Det. Dan Egan (The Detective)
Phillips Smalley ... J. Milton Hendrickson(The Banker)
Billy Bevan ... Gus (The Driver)
Diane Ellis ... The Kid


A small busload of passengers, which includes an escaped female convict and the lawman who has re-captured her, gets stuck in a heavy snowfall. The driver and passengers take refuge in a church building, but they quickly find out that they are not alone, as another man has already taken refuge there with a stock of food. His confrontational attitude towards the newcomers quickly complicates the already strained relationships amongst the stranded passengers. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »


Home! Sweet Home!
Lyrics by John Howard Payne and music by H.R. Bishop
Performed by Billy Bevan
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Boyd and Lombard try hard to thaw the ice
25 November 2007 | by kidbootsSee all my reviews

Made in 1929 when talking films were still finding their feet, most of the action in this claustrophobic film takes place in an abandonded church.

Several people take shelter from a snow storm when their bus breaks down. Carol Lombard plays Billie, "the girl", who is being taken back to prison. Owen Moore plays "the detective". Diane Ellis (who tragically died in 1931 on her honeymoon) plays "the Kid".Handsome William Boyd plays "the boy", an escapee, who at first is gruff but then becomes a big help to the snow bound inmates. He and Lombard fall for each other and have real chemistry in their scenes together.

It is short on action and very long on talking (and corny dialogue at that) but at 70 minutes it is mercifully short.

Carole Lombard was at the start of a super career when she made this film. She had been in a few shorts including "The Campus Vamp" and "The Swim Princess".

William Boyd had been a successful leading man in the 20s and the next year (1930) would see him in his first western - "The Painted Desert" - after which he would have a long career as Hopalong Cassidy. He proves, in this film, he had a flair for dialogue and a very natural acting style. Both he and Lombard try hard to rise above the trite dialogue. It is clear that they are destined for bigger things.

Owen Moore, who had been in films from the earliest days and was Mary Pickford's first husband plays the detective.

Billy Bevan, a silent comic, was the bus driver.

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29 June 1929 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone System)| Silent

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1.20 : 1
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