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High Voltage (1929)

William Boyd , Carole Lombard  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Boyd, Carole Lombard, Owen Moore, Diane Ellis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AOW6PW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a bus is stranded in 8 foot snowdrifts in a remote region of the Sierra Nevada, the passengers are forced to seek refuge from the freezing storm in an abandoned church inhabited by a strapping hobo named Bill. The refugees, a beautiful lady crook and the detective who's returning her to prison, a wealthy banker, a young bride-to-be and the busdriver, quickly learn that Bill is in charge. Not only his commanding physique, but the fact that he controls all of the food makes it clear that Bill is the group's only chance of survival.

""Billie,"" the pretty con and Bill soon fall desperately in love, despite the best efforts of the policeman to keep them apart. The lovers plan an escape but just when the moment to flee is at hand they are faced with a terrible choice - their escape to freedom may cost the lives of the stranded travelers!

High Voltage features a lovely Carole Lombard in one of her first talkies. Actor William Boyd became indelibly identified with western hero Hopalong Cassidy in 66 feature films.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carole's and Hoppy's first "talkie" September 26, 2009
Format:DVD
First a word about 'gray market' DVDs such as REEL ENTERPRISES--
"Extras" are non-existent and inclusion of artwork or liner notes varies by manufacturer. Often, transfers are not of the highest quality. The movies themselves are unrestored and rarely pristine (but still watchable).

Bear in mind that there's little call for redigitizing such public domain minor works as this. HIGH VOLTAGE is best for collectors of the earliest talkies and for fans of Carole Lombard and Hopalong Cassidy creator William Boyd. They are EXCELLENT in this story, BTW as is the rest of the small cast, despite occasionally cornball dialogue.

Interested viewers feel the biting cold these stranded people endure and bear along with them the deprivation of things we normally take for granted, like nourishment and physical ease. Those who dismiss this movie lightly should consider its place in history. All-talking pictures hadn't been around for a year when this was released in June of 1929 yet "High Voltage" is an engrossing photoplay with a most satisfactory conclusion. Credit director Howard Higgin for that.

As the product description adequately covers plot, some triva here:

This was the "talkie" premiere of all six cast members and director Higgin.
Scripted in part by James Gleason, a fine character actor.
CAROL LOMBARD became Carole by accident in 1930, when her name was misspelled in her first PARAMOUNT picture.
OWEN MOORE (Det. Dan Egan) took part in some 271 prior silents, but only acted in 10 more sound films. His career ended in 1937, with A STAR IS BORN.
Aussie-born BILLY BEVAN (Gus, the singing bus driver) is most famous as a silent-era slapstick clown.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carole's and Hoppy's first "talkie" September 26, 2009
Format:DVD
ALPHA VIDEO offers bargain priced, often hard-to-find vintage movies that are ideal for those willing to skip DVD extras. Their transfers show no evidence of restoration, so quality varies from one title to the next, with "fair to good" being the average. Their edition of HIGH VOLTAGE is a typical medium-quality dub.

Bear in mind that there's little call for redigitizing such public domain minor works as this. HIGH VOLTAGE is best for collectors of the earliest talkies and for fans of Carole Lombard and Hopalong Cassidy creator William Boyd. They are EXCELLENT in this story, BTW as is the rest of the small cast, despite occasionally cornball dialogue.

Interested viewers feel the biting cold these stranded people endure and bear along with them the deprivation of things we normally take for granted, like nourishment and physical ease. Those who dismiss this movie lightly should consider its place in history. All-talking pictures hadn't been around for a year when this was released in June of 1929 yet "High Voltage" is an engrossing photoplay with a most satisfactory conclusion. Credit director Howard Higgin for that.

As the product description adequately covers plot, some triva here:

This was the "talkie" premiere of all six cast members and director Higgin.
Scripted in part by James Gleason, a fine character actor.
CAROL LOMBARD became Carole by accident in 1930, when her name was misspelled in her first PARAMOUNT picture.
OWEN MOORE (Det. Dan Egan) took part in some 271 prior silents, but only acted in 10 more sound films. His career ended in 1937, with A STAR IS BORN.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As I remembered April 24, 2014
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I remember seeing this as one of the early movies on TV as they were trying to figure out how to fill the air time. This movie was made before William Boyd became known as Hopalong Cassidy. It was a different time, and I enjoyed the return to another time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring scripted dialog. March 25, 2014
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Boring scripted dialog. Characters were too typecast and predictable. Attempts at isolation and desperation of the situation fell pitifully short and Carole Lombard makes a better ditz than a moll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Oldtime Movie February 10, 2014
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I enjoyed it mostly because of William Boyd who used to play Hopalong Cassidy. He was one of my favorite cowboys, when I was a child. I was surprised to see him in a different type of acting role. I saw him in person in the rodeo, at Madison Square Garden once. He was riding his white horse, and waving at everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting old movie January 1, 2014
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Early movie with Carole Lombard who gets stuck in snow while riding a bus in 1920s. Sound is crude but the acting makes up for lack of early 1900s technology.
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