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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)

A railroad man from the city befriends a mountain girl in a Kentucky family feud.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Grover Jones (screen play), John Fox Jr. (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Sidney ... June Tolliver
Fred MacMurray ... Jack Hale
Henry Fonda ... Dave Tolliver
Fred Stone ... Judd Tolliver
Nigel Bruce ... Major Thurber
Beulah Bondi ... Melissa Tolliver
Robert Barrat ... Buck Falin
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Buddie Tolliver
Fuzzy Knight ... Tater
Otto Fries Otto Fries ... Corsey
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sheriff
Alan Baxter ... Clayt Tolliver
Fern Emmett ... Lena Tolliver
Richard Carle ... Ezra Tolliver
Henry Brandon ... Wade Falin (as Henry Kleinbach)
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Storyline

A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad through both families' land and mine coal deposits beneath it, enterprising outsider Jack Hale (Fred MacMurray) inadvertently becomes entangled in the region's politics. He soon captures the attention of the beautiful June Tolliver (Sylvia Sidney) and quickly becomes involved in a love triangle with her and her cousin Dave (Henry Fonda) Written by tonyman

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The technicolor spectacle that blazes the trail to an all time high-in adventure! See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Won a Special Recommendation at the 1936 Venice Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

The mud on June Tolliver changes thickness and shape between shots. It also changes from wet to dry and then back to wet. See more »

Quotes

Melissa Tolliver: I was born old...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits (except for the Paramount logo) all appear as if they had been printed on tree barks. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight on the Trail
Music by Louis Alter
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung by Fuzzy Knight, aided by Nigel Bruce (humming) and Fred MacMurray (whistling)
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A landmark Technicolor film that is still effective.
10 May 2009 | by cclanetempSee all my reviews

THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936) is a landmark color film of considerable dramatic power that has been neglected in Hollywood history. It was the second full-length feature to be produced in the newly-developed 3 strip Technicolor process. The first Technicolor feature, BECKY SHARP, had opened the previous year (1935) but did not find audience favor. There is strong evidence to suggest that THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE was the film that really popularized color.

Aside from the superb color photography, the film has much to recommend it. There are very strong performances, particularly that of Sylvia Sidney as the backwoods mountain girl - a very convincing portrayal. She is supported by two handsome newcomers, Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray, plus veterans such as Fred Stone, Beulah Bondi, and Spanky MacFarland. The story line is very compelling and there is the strong direction of Henry Hathaway (LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, KISS OF DEATH, TRUE GRIT). In its original release, audiences reportedly burst into applause while viewing some of the color scenes. The film was a box office smash for Paramount, playing to packed houses in both large and small towns. (This is well documented.) It remains compelling entertainment today. The high-quality color photography was very much in evidence in the VHS tape that MCA released in the Nineties. It is to be hoped that the same high quality will be seen in the projected 2009 DVD release of this beloved film.


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