The Big Cat (1949)

75-76 mins | Drama | April 1949

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HISTORY

Some scenes in this film were shot on location in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT. A 8 Jul 1948 HR news item reported that location shooting also took place in Cedar City, UT. According to a 12 Feb 1954 HR news item, the film was acquired for reissue by Carroll Pictures. On 26 Mar 1954, the same publication reported that Samba Pictures, Inc. had acquired it for theatrical and television ... More Less

Some scenes in this film were shot on location in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT. A 8 Jul 1948 HR news item reported that location shooting also took place in Cedar City, UT. According to a 12 Feb 1954 HR news item, the film was acquired for reissue by Carroll Pictures. On 26 Mar 1954, the same publication reported that Samba Pictures, Inc. had acquired it for theatrical and television re-distribution. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 May 1949.
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Daily Variety
26 Apr 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Apr 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 48
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Feb 1954.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 1954.
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Los Angeles Times
26 May 1949.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Apr 49
p. 4590.
New York Times
29 Jul 49
p. 12.
Variety
27 Apr 49
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir, 2d unit
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Dec
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1949
Production Date:
early July--early August 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, inc.
Copyright Date:
19 May 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2316
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in feet):
6,796
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13521
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1932, in the drought-scorched mountains of Utah, Tom Eggers tracks a cougar which has killed a number of cattle belonging to nearby ranchers. Suddenly, Tom comes upon Danny Turner, a Philadelphian trying to reach the cabin where his uncle, Gil Hawks, lives with his sons Wid and Jim. Tom directs Danny toward the cabin, but when Danny arrives, Gil, Wid and Jim, who recognize him, are rude to him and refuse to take him in. Before long, mail carrier Matt Cooper arrives in his wagon and offers to give Danny a lift to another cabin, which Danny says belongs to a friend of his recently deceased mother. After a few miles, Matt learns that Danny's mother was Lucy Hawks, and his manner immediately and inexplicably changes. He demands that Danny get out of the wagon, forcing him to walk the rest of the way to the cabin. Soon after, Tom arrives and is surprised to find Danny waiting on his front step. Danny then realizes that Tom is his mother's friend and apologizes for his apparently unexpected arrival, explaining that he sent a telegram to announce his visit. Tom finds the telegram among the day's delivery, and, after reading it, inquires about Danny's mother. Danny sadly breaks the news of her death, saying that he wanted to visit her birthplace. The next day, after a church service in which the worshippers pray for rain, Gil, who has had a change of heart, invites Danny to come to his cabin. Danny is unforgiving, however, and refuses the invitation. He then returns home with Tom, who reveals that Lucy ran away ... +


In 1932, in the drought-scorched mountains of Utah, Tom Eggers tracks a cougar which has killed a number of cattle belonging to nearby ranchers. Suddenly, Tom comes upon Danny Turner, a Philadelphian trying to reach the cabin where his uncle, Gil Hawks, lives with his sons Wid and Jim. Tom directs Danny toward the cabin, but when Danny arrives, Gil, Wid and Jim, who recognize him, are rude to him and refuse to take him in. Before long, mail carrier Matt Cooper arrives in his wagon and offers to give Danny a lift to another cabin, which Danny says belongs to a friend of his recently deceased mother. After a few miles, Matt learns that Danny's mother was Lucy Hawks, and his manner immediately and inexplicably changes. He demands that Danny get out of the wagon, forcing him to walk the rest of the way to the cabin. Soon after, Tom arrives and is surprised to find Danny waiting on his front step. Danny then realizes that Tom is his mother's friend and apologizes for his apparently unexpected arrival, explaining that he sent a telegram to announce his visit. Tom finds the telegram among the day's delivery, and, after reading it, inquires about Danny's mother. Danny sadly breaks the news of her death, saying that he wanted to visit her birthplace. The next day, after a church service in which the worshippers pray for rain, Gil, who has had a change of heart, invites Danny to come to his cabin. Danny is unforgiving, however, and refuses the invitation. He then returns home with Tom, who reveals that Lucy ran away to Philadelphia after Gil refused to allowed her to marry Tom. Later, Gil and his sons tell Tom that the cougar has killed one of their best mares. After Gil offers him $150 to kill the cougar, Tom asks Danny to fetch his rifle. When Danny returns with a small .22 caliber rifle, instead of the more appropriate 30-30 caliber variety, Wid and Jim howl with laughter. Later, Danny and Tom hunt for the cougar, but shoot a deer instead. They take it home, and after Tom hangs the carcass outside to drain, the hungry cougar approaches. When Tom again asks Danny to get his rifle, Danny realizes that they left it on the ground where the deer had fallen. In a desperate attempt to save Tom, Danny begins shooting at the cougar with the inadequate .22. After the cougar kills Tom, Danny follows the animal back to its den. Gil sees Danny and decides to track him with his dog, Spike. Inside the den, the cougar readies to attack, but Spike bravely fights the huge cat, allowing Danny an opportunity to shoot it at close range. For killing the cougar Danny receives his reward from Gil, and some time later, moves into Tom's cabin, which Tom left to him in his will. Later, the whole town celebrates the end of the drought as the first few drops of rain begin to fall. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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