The Sundowners (1950)





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Filmed in a two-tone process called Cinecolor, The Sundowners is a compact little western making good use of an old Hollywood chestnut. Robert Preston and Robert Sterling play two brothers who find themselves on opposite sides of the legal fence. Since Sterling rather than Preston has the mustache this time, Sterling's the bad guy. Caught in the crossfire is Preston's son, who is menaced by Sterling. This 1950 version should not be confused with the 1960 Warners film of the same name, which is set on an Australian sheep ranch.
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Robert Preston
as James Cloud ('Kid Wichita')
Robert Sterling
as Tom Cloud
John Drew Barrymore
as Jeff Cloud - the Younger Brother
Jack Elam
as Earl Boyce
Chill Wills
as Sam Beard
John Litel
as John Gaul
Cathy Downs
as Mrs. Boyce
Don Haggerty
as Elmer Gaul
Stanley Price
as Fletcher
Clem Fuller
as Turkey
Frank Cordell
as Strake
David Kashner
as Batson
Dave Kashner
as Batson
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Robert Preston sings about O'riley and shoots straight. He is the good guy and his brother is the good guy, too. The bad guys have the law on their side and the other ranchers. Young Barrymore is a charmer. This movie was filmed in a beautiful canyon in Texas. Lots of cattle and a pretty girl, too.

william barkley
william barkley

Sundowners was ahead of its time. For a western made in 1950, the plot and acting are unusually good. In a time when white hats for good guys and black hats for bad guys was the standard western fair, Sundowners breaks the mold. Robert Preston is a great and unpredictable villain. He brings a unique character to play in what could be a rather bland production. The show keeps a high level of action as the plot twists and unfolds into a movie I enjoyed. As a bonus, it carried me back into childhood memories of the old west, cattle herding, rustling and adventure. The scenery is quite well filmed and varied for the time period, also. It fits well with the overall story.

Don Griffith
Don Griffith

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