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High Powered (1945)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | February 1945 (USA)
Two women towing a lunch wagon on their way to a construction site. pick up a male hitchhiker, and the adventure begins. Some comic relief.


William Berke


Milton Raison (screenplay), Maxwell Shane (screenplay)


Cast overview:
Robert Lowery ... Tim Scott
Phyllis Brooks ... Marian Blair
Mary Treen ... Cassie McQuade
Joe Sawyer ... Spike Kenny (as Joseph Sawyer)
Roger Pryor ... Rod Farrell
Ralph Sanford ... Sheriff
Billy Nelson ... Bill Madden
Edward Gargan ... Cal Williams (as Ed Gargan)
Vince Barnett ... Worker at Dance
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Two women towing a lunch wagon on their way to a construction site. pick up a male hitchhiker, and the adventure begins. Some comic relief.

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Pine Thomas Adventure film
12 August 2012 | by nova-63See all my reviews

Lowery plays Tim Scott, a man running from his past. Previously, he was working as a "high man" when an accident occurred resulting in a terrible fall and the death of a co-worker. Now Lowery drifts from small job to small job. By chance he meets two women (Phyllis Brooks & Mary Treen) who are setting up a lunch bar at a big building project. The three have a minor brush with the law which results in all of them spending the night behind bars. All three are rescued from the hoosegow by Lowery's former boss (Roger Pryor), who just happens to be a foreman on the building project where Brooks & Treen are setting up their business.

Pryor convinces Lowery to return to work for him, but not at his old job, this time working on the ground. The rest of the film deals with the romance between Lowery and Brooks, and Lowery facing his demons and returning to his old job as a "high man".

If you have watched and enjoyed other Pine Thomas films, I'm sure this one will be no different. It's a little slow in spots. The romantic subplot wasn't interesting to me and took up far too much time. Typical for the Pine Thomas films is that they lack a little flare and zest. And although there is actually location shooting this film has a ton of rear screen projection shots. In fact it may set some sort of record for rear screen projection shots used.

Ultimately, a fine cast has trouble overcoming a so-so script and low production values.

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Release Date:

February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vértigo See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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