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The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (1936)

Fred MacMurray , Sylvia Sidney , Henry Hathaway  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Format: Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FADCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" on IMDb

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Screen legends Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray star in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine - one of the first films ever to be filmed outdoors in glorious Technicolor®! Deep in the undeveloped backwoods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, two young men are caught in the midst of an ancient and bitter feud between two families and fighting for the romantic attention of a beautiful woman (Sylvia Sidney). One of the most breathtaking movies ever to hit the silver screen, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is an exciting melodrama and a landmark cinematic achievement that continues to captivate audiences today.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TECHNICOLOR MILESTONE. November 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Fred MacMurray plays a city stranger getting caught up in the lives of a primitive Kentucky mountain family and their feud with a neighbouring clan. Sylvia Sidney is good as the girl he tries to educate and comes to love and Hank Fonda scores as the disapproving brother who is killed befored the feud is settled. Beulah Bondi is terrific as usual as is Fuzzy Knight in this saga filmed in the full-hue great outdoors. Paramount ventured away from black and white features for the first time since 1930 with THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE. The studio had been waiting for an improved 3-colour Technicolor to be perfected, and the new process enhanced the Walter Wanger production's appeal immensely, both on the screen and at the box-office. This was the third filming of John Fox, Jr.'s novel, and the best: the 1916 and 1923 versions had nothing to compare with the pictorial scope and cast strength of the modernised screenplay, written by Grover Jones, Harvey Thew and Horace McCoy. Henry Hathaway directed with a straighforward drive.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of the Lonesome Pine October 21, 2000
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Excellent Movie. Great outdoor,scenic views. Great movie for children and grandchildren. I first saw this movie about 50 years ago and it is still exciting today. ..very heartwarming!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia..." May 28, 2009
Appearing in Henry Hathaway's historic full-color THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE is seven-year-old "Spanky," of Little Rascals fame, on loan from MGM.

For moviegoers in 1936, on-location cinematography in and around California's mountainous Big Bear Lake area must have been astonishing. (This was the first PARAMOUNT picture filmed in three-strip Technicolor.)

It's a Hatfield/McCoy-type story set in the Appalachians. The often-violent feud between the Falins and Tollivers has been going on for so long no one can remember how it started. Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are distant Tolliver cousins who plan to marry. Fred MacMurray wants to run a railroad through the mountain folks' pristine lands, but he meets local resistance. MacMurray's romantic interest in Sidney greatly complicates matters.

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Henry Fonda also co-starred in the early Technicolor FOX western, JESSE JAMES (1939) with Tyrone Power, Randolph Scott, Brian Donlevy and John Carradine (as "the dirty little coward...").

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(7.2) The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) - Henry Fonda/Sylvia Sidney/Fred MacMurray/Fred Stone/Nigel Bruce/Beulah Bondi/Robert Barrat/George 'Spanky' McFarland/Fuzzy Knight/Otto Fries/Samuel S. Hinds/Alan Baxter/Richard Carle/Irving Bacon/Charles Middleton
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor is the Icing on the Cake June 30, 2009
A few years back I picked up a VHS edition of this 1936 and was pleasantly surprised at the reasonably good image quality including the color photography. Personally, I'm not much of a fan of these "back woods" Hatfield/McCoy type stories but I found myself making an exception for TRAIL. I've ordered the dvd version and I'm hoping it offers enhanced video over my old VHS version. Universal issued TRAIL's unofficial follow up film, 1941's SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS, a couple of years ago in a John Wayne dvd set. Another Technicolor tale of the back woods, the image quality was stunning so I'm anticipating the same thing with TRAIL. Too bad there's no bonus material (as far as I can tell) with information on the hardships of making early Technicolor films. It was a royal pain working under very hot lights and the Technicolor company insisted that all shots had to be color coordinated - certain colors simply could not be in the same frame with other colors! Some actresses complained about the way they looked in color - Carole Lombard said that she looked "funny" in color while Claudette Colbert refused to appear in another Technicolor film after 1939's DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK. Viewing DRUMS today, it's a mystery what Colbert's objections were.

For those who don't know, Technicolor films like TRAIL were filmed using a special camera that ran three rolls of film simultaneously and a prism behind the lens split the image into three, one for each strip that registered blue, red and yellow. In the photo lab, each of the three rolls were run through to make one print and the three primary color dyes blended to produce the secondary colors such as green and orange. That's why Technicolor films are so vivid to the point of being somewhat unrealistic. The world would be a better place if we could see it in Technicolor. At any rate, kudos to Universal for issuing TRAIL and I'm hoping they've done right by this film otherwise there will be a real feud from film collectors!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed with wonderful outdoor color March 18, 1999
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For a sixty three year old movie, the coloring, acting, and action were wonderful. Henery Fonda and Fred MacMurry were at their best.
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Paramount Pictures presents "THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE" (1936) ~ (102 min/Color) ~ Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Nigel Bruce & Robert Barat

Directed by Henry Hathaway

To the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia comes Jack Hale (Fred MacMurray) to arrange the clearance of the path for a new railroad. Mountain girl June Tolliver (Sylvia Sidney) falls in love with Fred, which incurs the enmity of Sidney's boyfriend Dave Tolliver (Henry Fonda). It also puts Fred in the middle of a long-standing feud between June's family and another mountain clan. Hostilities alternately erupt and simmer until June's youngest brother Buddie is killed by a feud-inspired dynamite blast.

Paramount's first Technicolor feature and the first feature to be shot in Three-Strip Technicolor outside of a studio environment (on location), from the John Fox Jr. novel.

Oscar Nominated for Best Music Original Song ("A Melody from the Sky")

1. Henry Hathaway [aka: Marquis Henri Leonard de Fiennes] [Director]
Date of Birth: 13 March 1898 - Sacramento, California
Date of Death: 11 February 1985 - Hollywood, California

3. Sylvia Sidney [aka: Sophia Kosow]
Date of Birth: 8 August 1910 - Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 1 July 1999 - New York City, New York

3. Henry Fonda [aka: Henry Jaynes Fonda]
Date of Birth: 16 May 1905 - Grand Island, Nebraska
Date of Death: 12 August 1982 - Los Angeles, California

4, Fred MacMurray
Date of Birth: 30 August 1908, Kankakee, Illinois
Date of Death: 5 November 1991, Santa Monica, California

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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift and they love it
I ordered these two things for a gift and they just love it.I got the book and the movie together
Published 1 month ago by Mary Lou Laurino
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of the lonesome pine
Thank you so much for my movie. The story is about my family. Was great seeing the Movie. Van David Nolf
Published 1 month ago by david nolf
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Published 1 month ago by Roger Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Ordered for my friend. Was her dads favorite movie. She was happy to get and see. Plays well and good to watch. Good delivery service. Good price too. happy.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars One to watch again.
This is a well-made movie that seems to stay fairly close to the novel. The hills people are treated with respect and the scenary is gorgeous. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John E. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Family verses Family
This movie has always been one of my favorites it deals with a forgotten people in the hills of Tn. and Ky. and the feuds that went on for many years. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with it
I remember this movie when I was a child, and in talking about it awhile back I couldn't remember the actors, lo and behold here it was on Amazon and I ordered it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pat Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed for a familly reunion
This book is based on the life of my husband's grandfather so of course we enjoyed it. We watched it our grandchildren to share a bit of family with them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Una Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Good nostalgia
Ordered this because it was a favorite of our parents. Wanted to bring back good memories for them & it worked.
Published 8 months ago by Barbara H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book.
I really enjoyed the book; however, the movie did not cover the whole story. The movie was a rather shallow telling of the story. Read more
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