The Sundowners (1950)
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as James Cloud ('Kid Wichita')
as Tom Cloud
as Jeff Cloud - the Younger Brother
as Earl Boyce
as Sam Beard
as John Gaul
as Mrs. Boyce
as Elmer Gaul
Critic Reviews for The Sundowners
Audience Reviews for The Sundowners
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.
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.