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Product Details

  • Actors: Preston Foster, Lon McCallister, Peggy Ann Garner, Forrest Tucker, Irving Bacon
  • Directors: Phil Karlson
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 27 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • ASIN: B000MV9O2M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,316 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

A rancher's life is endangered by a marauding mountain lion in this outdoor spectacular.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Possibly The Best Film Of Phil Karlson's Outdoor Adventure Period. April 29 2006
By rsoonsa - Published on
Format: VHS Tape
Operating with a limited in number but generally talented group of eight actors, director Phil Karlson, soon to be known for his essays into noir, here creates an engrossing adventure film set in 1933 depression and drought wracked southern Utah, and incorporates many of the elements which later will prove vital to his deserved reputation as an important narrator of urban crime. Residents of a small secluded valley are being tormented by a large mountain lion which, due to a shortage of water, has invaded their region to prey upon livestock, and the bounty for the beast of $150 is coveted by two long-feuding neighbours, one of whom, Tom Eggers (Preston Foster) provides a place to live for a city-bred young man (Lon McCallister), the son of the former love of his host and also the nephew of Eggers' rival, Gil Hawks (Forrest Tucker). The well-crafted scenario includes elements of romance, suspense and humour to the basic plot, and a certain darkness of tone has raised the work above most others of its stamp, with crisp editing (Karlson and Harvey Manger) prevailing, and we enjoy particularly fine performances from Foster and McCallister, with a pleasingly large role for veteran character actor Irving Bacon, a standout as a farmer doubling as a preacher.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A hidden gem, perfect for the family Feb. 24 2005
By hey_steve - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie made in 1949 (not 1933) but does take place in 1933 is a big adventure filmed in Technicolor. The story is on a par with a Disney wilderness adventure and shows Forrest Tucker in a good starring role as the head of the family of one of the feuding families.

A love story, suspense, action and beautiful scenery is diluted by the transfer from this budget release from Digiview. It actually looks like it was recorded from a VHS copy .... at slow speed! Maybe this hidden gem by director Phil Karlson will get a more respectable treatment. But for now, this is the only available release.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This film rates 5 stars from me because of its star...Lon underrated youth from many 1940's motion pictures.
This film holds your attention because of McCallister's performance.
It is in color and the story is effective and moves swiftly. It is action packed as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Big Cat, a special movie to me. Nov. 20 2011
By Larry Hammersley - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I bought this movie because it holds a special place in my heart. Preston Foster and Forrest Tucker turned in their usual wonderful performances. I especially liked their fight scene. The Big Cat was causing real problems with the area ranchers and had avoided being put out of commission. It has been a while since I viewed this movie as I purchased it while Mom was still living. So I watched it with her probably in 2004. Her and I saw it when it first came out in 1947 so it is special as we viewed it at a theater when we went to visit friends several miles from our home. To see the huge scratch on the stock of the rifle Preston Foster was carrying when the cat attacked him was chilling. Mix in romance of the sweet and innocent variety and a good old fashion setting out west and you have a great movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Indeed a Hidden Gem in Need of Polish Oct. 27 2012
By Harry Ringel - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I agree with both reviewers, especially the comment that this film deserves better restoration than it has received. It's early Phil Karlson, and one can sense the grim sincerity, the commitment to theme and detail, and the simmering violence that were to explode in the fifties into the best of Karlson -- 99 River Street, The Phenix City Story, The Scarface Mob (the theatrical release version of the Untouchables pilot) -- and later into Walking Tall. Despite the muddy transfer, I became absorbed in this film. The scenes involving the cougar are unflinching and avoid cheating through editing -- would love to know how Karlson managed to film them!

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