High Lonesome (1950) [Western]

A boy is found stealing food at Horse Davis’ ranch by Boatwhistle, the cook. Another rancher, Pat Farrell, who is engaged to Horse’s daughter Abby, believes the boy to also be a horse thief and possibly worse. Given the nickname Cooncat by the cook, the boy explains that he was wrongfully accused of murdering a man named Shell and has fled from the law. Shell owed him money, he says, and two strangers known as Smiling Man and Roper gave him a gun to confront Shell. He wound up unconscious and next to Shell’s bullet-riddled body.

Horse doubts the boy’s story, though youngest daughter Meagan believes it. At an engagement party for Pat and Abby, word comes that Pat’s parents have been found murdered. A livid Pat is ready to hang Cooncat for the crime. Horse talks him out of it, creating a rift between the two old friends. Smiling Man and Roper turn up in the bunkhouse. They laugh at Cooncat’s predicament and call him their lucky charm. Boatwhistle is shot by Smiling Man, and just as Horse is about to be ambushed, Cooncat calls out to warn him and is wounded. Pat rides up just in time to save Horse’s life. The two ranchers agree to take Cooncat under their wing.

Directed by Alfonso Brescia, produced by Luigi Alessi, written by Alfonso Brescia and Aldo Crudo, starring John Drew Barrymore as Cooncat, Chill Wills as Boatwhistle, John Archer as Pat Farrell, Lois Butler as Meagan Davis, Kristine Miller as Abby Davis, Basil Ruysdael as “Horse” Davis, Jack Elam as Smiling Man, Dave Kashner as Roper, Frank Cordell as Frank, Clem Fuller as Dixie, Hugh Aiken as Art Simms, Howard Joslin as Jim Shell.

Source: “High Lonesome (film)” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 27 September 2013. Web. 29 December 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Lonesome_(film).


The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) [Film Noir] [Crime]

Wealthy socialite Lois Frazer wants a divorce from her husband, but he’s not ready to let her go so easy. Suspecting that he intends to murder her, she calls Lieutenant Ed Cullen, with whom she’s been having an affair, in an effort to save herself from her husband’s wrath. When Ed arrives someone dies, but it’s not Lois. With his lover’s husband shot dead, Ed finds himself the ironic and dangerous position of being assigned a case that no one knows he actually witnessed. In addition to trying to control the investigation, Ed also has the misfortune of having his own younger brother, a new detective on the force, by his side every step of the way, eager to prove himself.

Directed by Felix E. Feist, produced by Jack M. Warner, written by Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (screenplay) and Seton I. Miller (story), starring Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Ed Cullen, Jane Wyatt as Lois Frazer, John Dall as Andy Cullen, Lisa Howard as Janet Cullen, Harlan Warde as Howard Frazer, Tito Vuolo as Pietro Capa, Charles Arnt as Ernest Quimby, Marjorie Bennett as Muriel Quimby, Alan Wells as Nito Capa, Mimi Aguglia as Mrs. Capa, Bud Wolfe as Officer Blair, Morgan Farley as Rushton, Howard Negley as Detective Olson, William Gould as Doc Munson, Art Millan as United Airlines Clerk, Gordon Richards as Albert the Butler, Terry Frost as Detective, Mario Siletti as Machetti and Charles Victor as Attorney.

Source: “The Man Who Cheated Himself” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 17 November 2013. Web. 12 March 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.