The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

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Overview

Paramount's first outdoor Technicolor feature, Trail of the Lonesome Pine was the third film version of John Fox Jr.'s novel. Inspired by the Hatfield-McCoy feud, the story is set in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Outsider Fred MacMurray arrives to clear the path for a new railroad. Mountain girl Sylvia Sidney falls in love with MacMurray, which incurs the enmity of Sidney's boyfriend Henry Fonda. It also plunks MacMurray in the middle of a long-standing feud between Sidney's family and another mountain ...
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Overview

Paramount's first outdoor Technicolor feature, Trail of the Lonesome Pine was the third film version of John Fox Jr.'s novel. Inspired by the Hatfield-McCoy feud, the story is set in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Outsider Fred MacMurray arrives to clear the path for a new railroad. Mountain girl Sylvia Sidney falls in love with MacMurray, which incurs the enmity of Sidney's boyfriend Henry Fonda. It also plunks MacMurray in the middle of a long-standing feud between Sidney's family and another mountain clan. Hostilities alternately erupt and simmer until Sidney's youngest brother Spanky McFarland is killed by a feud-inspired dynamite blast. This tragic incident brings virtually everyone to their senses, and the feud is finally buried. Better in its individual setpieces than as a unified whole, Trail of the Lonesome Pine is still a worthwhile experience, especially when a pristine three-strip Technicolor print is available.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Filmed largely in the beautiful hills surrounding Cedar Lake, CA, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is a somewhat dated but still enjoyable backwoods melodrama. Modern audiences will undoubtedly have some problems with the screenplay, as its Hatfield/McCoy-inspired story comes across as somewhat hokey in places, and much of the earnest dialogue sounds clanky and contrived. Still, the basic conflict definitely has power, there's plenty of "down home" atmosphere to add flavor to the story, and individual moments pack a great deal of power. The beautiful Technicolor lensing may have a few flaws, but overall, the color and photography create a visual feast. Sylvia Sidney's delectable looks are a feast unto themselves; if her performance is occasionally shrill, it's still effective. Even better are Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda, both of whom were pretty boyish at the time but deliver performances that are man-sized in their power and presence. Fonda, in particular, makes the most of his dramatic moments, partially because his role is a bit showier than MacMurray's. Of the supporting cast, Beulah Bondi is all stubborn pride and strength, Nigel Bruce is gruffly appealing, and Spanky McFarland makes the tear-jerking climax work well. Trail is a bit uneven, but on the whole it's memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • UPC: 025192019012
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,328

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Sidney June Tolliver
Henry Fonda Dave Tolliver
Fred MacMurray Jack Hale
Fred Stone Judd Tolliver
Nigel Bruce Mr. Thumber
Beulah Bondi Melissa
Robert H. Barrat Buck Falin
George "Spanky" McFarland Buddy
Fuzzy Knight Tater
Otto H. Fries Corsey
Samuel S. Hinds Sheriff
Alan Baxter Clayt Tolliver
Fern Emmett Lena
Richard Carle Ezra
Ricca Allen Tollivers
Margaret Armstrong
Irving Bacon Mailman
Philip Barker Merd Falin
John Beck
Hank Bell
Clara Blandick Landlady
Henry Brandon Wade Falin
James Burke Leader
Fred Burns
Jim Corey Falin Clan
Jack Curtis Store Clerk
Tuffy the Dog
Lowell Drew Bartender
George Ernest Dave at Age l0
Betty Farrington Louisville Teacher
Bud Geary
Bob Kortman Gorley Falin
John Larkin Ebony
William McCormick
Frank McGlynn Sr. Preacher
Charles B. Middleton Blacksmith
Lee Phelps Taylor
Russell Powell Storekeeper
Frank Rice Zeke
Edward J. Le Saint
Hilda Vaughn Gaptown Teacher
Jim Welch
Norman Willis Old Dave in Prolog
Charlotte Wynters Jack Hale's Sister
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Robert Bischoff Editor
Robert C. Bruce Cinematographer
Hans Dreier Art Director
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer
Grover Jones Screenwriter
Horace McCoy Screenwriter
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
Harvey Thew Screenwriter
Walter Wagner Producer
Walter Wanger Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trail of the Lonesome Pine
1. Family War (Main Titles) [5:25]
2. Foreigners [6:37]
3. Medical Attention [8:00]
4. Apology Accepted [5:14]
5. Don't Argue [3:42]
6. Pearl Buttons [7:14]
7. Blowing Steam [3:42]
8. Being a Woman [6:24]
9. Going to Town [3:51]
10. Fight of the Year [2:36]
11. Saying Goodbye [10:30]
12. Through Pretending [5:18]
13. Learned Up [3:22]
14. Innocent Life [3:04]
15. Love & Hate [5:29]
16. Under the Pine [4:35]
17. Making Peace [2:45]
18. End Titles [10:40]
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Disc #1 -- Trail of the Lonesome Pine
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