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The Night of the Grizzly (1966)

Ex-lawman Jim Cole retires to Wyoming to farm his land, but a land-greedy neighbor, an ex-con turned bounty hunter, and a vicious grizzly bear upset his retirement plans.

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Joseph Pevney

Writer:

Warren Douglas
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clint Walker ... Jim Cole
Martha Hyer ... Angela Cole
Keenan Wynn ... Jed Curry
Nancy Kulp ... Wilhelmina Peterson
Kevin Brodie Kevin Brodie ... Charlie Cole
Ellen Corby ... Hazel Squires
Jack Elam ... Hank
Ron Ely ... Tad Curry
Med Flory ... Duke Squires
Leo Gordon ... Cass Dowdy
Don Haggerty ... Sam Potts
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Cal Curry
Victoria Paige Meyerink ... Gypsy Cole
Candy Moore ... Meg
Regis Toomey ... Cotton Benson
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Storyline

Marshal "Big Jim" Cole turns in his badge and heads to Wyoming with his family in order to settle on some land left him by a relative. He faces opposition from a neighbor who wants that land for his own sons, and from a grizzly bear, nicknamed "Satan", who keeps killing Cole's livestock. Written by dinky-4

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...Big Jim Cole Had Come to Stay!!! See more »

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Adventure | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Satán de la montaña See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Final film (as director) of Joseph Pevney. See more »

Goofs

When Big Jim steps in the bear track, his boot print leaves the design of a rubber sole. Leather boot soles are completely smooth. See more »

Quotes

Wilhelmina Peterson: Hey! Where's that good looking feller?
Jim Cole: Who?
Wilhelmina Peterson: Potts. Sam Potts. Ain't he a friend of your'n?
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Referenced in Grizzly (1976) See more »

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by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Exciting Adventure yarn for Entire Family!
14 November 2000 | by cariartSee all my reviews

Although 'Night of the Grizzly' was released by Paramount, it's easy to mistake it as a Disney film! Long on family values and gentle humor, this adventure yarn is the kind of 'live-action' feature that the studio specialized in throughout the fifties. If you don't think a film that kids can enjoy will be your 'cup of tea', you might be in for a surprise! This is a terrific movie!

Ex-Marshal Jim Cole (played with rugged charm by 'Cheyenne' Clint Walker) moves his family onto a small ranch, hoping to get away from the dangers of his previous line of work. His loving wife, Angela (popular '60s star Martha Hyer) is overjoyed by their new life, and the kids soon develop a bond with the beautiful countryside, and the small town nearby.

Not EVERYONE is happy about the arrangement, however; town bigshot Jed Curry (Keenan Wynn) wants Cole's land, and his sons are soon attempting to provoke Cole, in an unsuccessful attempt to force him to leave. When a monstrous killer grizzly appears, and starts killing off Cole's livestock, Curry sees his opportunity; as the primary shareholder at the bank, he makes it nearly impossible for the rancher to get loans to replace stock.

The grizzly, nicknamed 'Satan', terrorizes the countryside, killing men, horses, and farm animals, and Cole methodically begins hunting it, in hopes of getting the $750 bounty that would 'save' his ranch!

The arrival of bounty hunter Cass Dowdy (played with cold-blooded menace by veteran screen villain Leo Gordon) further muddies the waters; Cole had once arrested him, and Dowdy spent two years in the 'pen', vowing revenge! Adored by the eldest Cole child, Charlie (Kevin Brodie), Dowdy announces he will kill the grizzly and accept the bounty, simply to ruin Cole! The pieces are now in place for a thrilling finale, as Cole, Charlie, and Dowdy confront the enraged beast, in a scene eerily similar to the climax of 'Jaws'!

The film offers a supporting cast of Hollywood 'pros', including Jack Elam ('Cannonball Run'), as bizzare but sweet Hank, who is 'adopted' by Cole's young daughter, Gypsy (the wonderful Victoria Paige Meyerink, in her second film); Nancy Kulp (TV's 'The Beverly Hillbillies') as the spinster owner of the local mercantile store; Ron Ely (TV's first 'Tarzan') and Sammy Jackson (TV's 'No Time for Sergeants') as Dowdy's sons; and Regis Toomey ('Burke's Law'), as the sympathetic banker.

This is a film to cherish, and enjoy, again and again! Gather the family...They'll thank you for it!


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