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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.

Director:

George Templeton

Writers:

Alan Le May (as Alan LeMay), Alan Le May (story serialized by Collier's as "Thunder in the Dust") (as Alan LeMay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Preston ... James Cloud - aka Kid Wichita
Robert Sterling ... Tom Cloud
Chill Wills ... Sam Beers
Cathy Downs ... Kathleen Boyce
John Litel ... John Gall
Jack Elam ... Earl Boyce
Don Haggerty ... Sheriff Elmer Gall
Stanley Price ... Steve Fletcher
Clem Fuller ... Turkey
Frank Cordell Frank Cordell ... Jim Strake
Dave Kashner ... Gill Bassen - aka The Whip
John Drew Barrymore ... Jeff Cloud - The Younger Brother (as John Barrymore Jr.)
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Storyline

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 !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunder in the Dust See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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No studio interiors were used in the shooting of this film. See more »

Quotes

James Cloud: It's a lucky thing for you, I happened to be passing through.
Tom Cloud: And you are gonna to keep on passing through too.
James Cloud: Why you kill me if I don't?
Tom Cloud: You know... someday it might come to that.
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Soundtracks

O'Riley Song
. . . Alberto Colombo (as Al Colombo)
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Ambitious, But Badly Executed
3 August 2006 | by bkoganbingSee 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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