The Big Cat

The Big Cat

Lon McCallister
Director: Phil Karlson Cast: Lon McCallister
Lon McCallister
, Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
, Preston S. Foster
Preston S. Foster
Phil Karlson

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A frequent cable-TV attraction since lapsing into public domain in 1976, The Big Cat is an excellent outdoor drama, beautifully lensed in Technicolor (though most current prints are printed in a washed-out 2-color process). Set in Utah in the darkest days of the Depression, the film stars Lon McCallister as Danny, the citified nephew of rancher Gil Hawks (Forrest Tucker). Danny is pretty useless as a ranch hand, but he proves his mettle when Hawks' life is endangered by a marauding cougar. Preston S. Foster delivers the film's best performance as a hirsute, stingy backwoodsman who spends most of his time tracking down the "Big Cat." Former juvenile performers Peggy Ann Garner, Skip Homeier and Gene Reynolds also register well in comparatively mature roles. The no-nonsense direction is by Phil Karlson, later a favorite of the auteur theorists.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290423276
Original Release: 1949
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 49,349

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lon McCallister Danny Turner
Peggy Ann Garner Doris
Preston S. Foster Tom Eggers
Forrest Tucker Gil Hawks
Sara Haden Mary
Irving Bacon Matt Cooper
Gene Reynolds Wid
Skip Homeier Jim

Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
Benjamin S. Bone Set Decoration/Design
Frank Durlauf Art Director
Irving Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
Morton Grant Screenwriter
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer
Harvey Manger Editor
Armor E. Marlowe Set Decoration/Design
William Moss Producer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Roy Seawright Special Effects
Ern Westmore Makeup
Dorothy Yost Screenwriter

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