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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.

Director:

Howard Higgin

Writers:

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

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
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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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A Slip on the Ice - a Fall into Each Other's Arms - and They Found Love! (original lobby card) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1929 (USA) See more »

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Wanted See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Soundtracks

I Had But Fifty Cents
(uncredited)
Attributed to 'Sam Devere'
Performed by Billy Bevan
[Lyrics are modified so that the refrain becomes " ... for I only had half a buck"]
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Stuck In The Snow in the High Sierras
16 January 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The screen's future Hopalong Cassidy William Boyd starred in this early talkie with Carole Lombard. High Voltage teams the two of them as they're stuck in an abandoned church during a blizzard in the High Sierras.

Lombard is a fugitive going back with Detective Owen Moore to face trial and imprisonment on a bus which would today just qualify as a van. Two other passengers are young bride Diane Ellis and banker Phillips Smalley. Driver Billy Bevan rather stupidly decides to push on and gets stuck in the snow drifts. Fortunately there's a church isolated out there that they can see and they make for it for shelter.

Where they find it's already occupied by William Boyd who is far from the cowboy hero of Hopalong Cassidy. In fact Boyd is a wanted fugitive and he's got a cache of food for himself alone and he's not looking for company to share it.

Of course being stuck the way they are nature takes its course and Lombard finds a way to melt poor Boyd in all that snow.

For a film entitled High Voltage not much electricity was being generated from the team of Lombard and Boyd. It looked to me like the whole cast was a bit nervous of the new sound motion pictures. Phillips Smalley in a voice that might have been dubbed sings a lyric tenor number to keep the group entertained and Billy Bevan who was a music hall entertainer in his native Australia as well as the United Kingdom did a couple of numbers as well on the church piano. They were the highlights of the film.

Fans of Carole Lombard might want to check this out to see her in a very early sound film and Hoppy fans might want to see Bill Boyd in another role, but High Voltage should not generate too much interest elsewhere.


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