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Western Film Noir, Vol. 1 (Little Big Horn / Rimfire) (1949)

Lloyd Bridges , John Ireland , B. Reeves Eason , Charles Marquis Warren  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lloyd Bridges, John Ireland, Marie Windsor, Reed Hadley, Jim Davis
  • Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Charles Marquis Warren
  • Writers: Charles Marquis Warren, Arthur St. Claire, Frank Wisbar, Harold Shumate, Ron Ormond
  • Producers: Carl K. Hittleman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • 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: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2LMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Western Film Noir, Vol. 1 (Little Big Horn / Rimfire)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Robert L. Lippert, Sr. Biography, Filmography, Theatreography
  • Rimfire Liner notes
  • Little Big Horn trailer
  • Advertising and stills gallery
  • Trivia
  • Bonus trailers
  • Bios

Editorial Reviews

Little Big Horn is the story of a Cavalry patrol that discovers a horde of Indians ready to ambush Custer's 7th Cavalry. They set out to warn Gen. Custer that he is about to embark on a mission of virtual suicide. Gritty and extremely well-acted character studies set this version apart from the familiar telling of a tragedy from U.S. history. The second feature, Rimfire: the western setting is incidental in this unglamorous, well-written, tale of mystery and suspense. The story involves the death by hanging of The Abilene Kid, who is innocent of all charges. After death "the Kid" returns to kill off all of those who sentenced him to be hanged. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Original theatrical trailer - Little Big Horn| Bios| Robert L Lippert Sr biography & Filmography| Trailers| Rimfire liner notes by Sam Sherman| Trivia| Advertising Gallery| "Little Big Horn" Extensive Still Gallery. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital; 150 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1951, 1949; SRP - $14.99.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now Let Us Praise Those Shadow-Friendly Horses September 15, 2006
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VCI Video and Kit Parker Films have released LITTLE BIG HORN (1951) and RIMFIRE (1949) under the Western Film Noir banner.
These two almost forgotten Lippert westerns deserve the new life they have been granted on DVD in an impressive double feature format; and, above all, they should carry their noir stamp proudly.
LITTLE BIG HORN and RIMFIRE as well achieve their undeniably striking visual effectiveness through Ernest Miller's masterful camera work. Cinematographer Miller (who, by the way, was behind the camera for most of the moody Lippert westerns) imparts to both films a foreboding, fatalistic ambiance, which he renders in low-keyed black-and-white cinematography. And in addition, by frequently utilizing stark camera angles, Miller creates an undercurrent of uneasiness, which is a major noir ingredient in these somber westerns.

LITTLE BIG HORN tells the story of a small U.S. Cavalry unit that challenges destiny when it is ordered to deliver an urgent message to Custer warning him of impending mortal danger at Little Big Horn. The suspense mounts as members of the patrol commence to be eliminated by hostile Indians in a and-then-there-were-none manner.
John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges, and Marie Windsor in standout performances elevate the human drama to a nearly Shakespearean level, as patrol commander Bridges is confronted by his inner demons of jealousy and suspicion involving his wife Windsor and lower-ranked officer Ireland.
The supporting cast also shines; with Reed Hadley, Hugh O'Brian, King Donovan, and Wally Cassell tensely reacting to the dangers surrounding them.
Charles Marquis Warren guides LITTLE BIG HORN with strong, sure-handed direction. Warren exhibits a special liking for visual narrative rather than extended verbal communication.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE BIG HORN-A Great, Classic Western Drama September 30, 2006
By Buxx
Without a doubt, had LITTLE BIG HORN been released by a major studio, it would have achieved the genre-breaking status that HIGH NOON did a year later. Fine acting, crisp dialogue and a great script lift this one high above what must have been (knowing Lippert!) a miniscule budget.

This is one of those movies that the local channels showed twice a week, every week during the fifties and early sixties. It was cut, spliced, stepped on and mistreated by most all that handled it. I am SURPRISED that VCI and Kit Parker are able to provide such a clean, complete copy of this western treasure.

Among the extras provided on the DVD is a nice selection of posters, lobby cards, and stills, accompanied by the nifty LITTLE BIG HORN theme music.

Nice job!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "Western Film Noir, Vol. 1" (Little Big Horn (1951) & Rimfire (1949) --- (Dolby digitally remastered)....relive those thrilling days from the early '30s, '40s and '50s when western action took us down the dusty trails and the plains to exciting adventures --- some of the best B-Westerns ever to grace the Saturday Matinee Screen --- just remember double thrills, mystery and suspense hitting the bull's eye with excitement ... don't miss any of the features loaded with top notch directors and actors that will leave you wanting more of their B-Western adventures ... so pop some popcorn, sit back and enjoy your favorite film noir westerns.

First up we have Lippert Pictures - "LITTLE BIG HORN" (1951) (86 mins/B&W) --- Under Charles Marquis Warren (Director / Screenwriter), Carl Hittleman (Producer), Harold Shumate (Short Story Author), Ernest W. Miller (Cinematographer), Paul Dunlap (Composer (Music Score), Carl Pierson (Editor), Paul F. Sylos (Art Director) . . . . . the cast includes Lloyd Bridges (Capt. Phillip Donlin), John Ireland (Lt. John Haywood), Marie Windsor (Celia Donlin), Reed Hadley (Sgt. Maj. Peter Grierson), Jim Davis (Cpl. Doan Moylan), Wally Cassell (Pvt. Danny Zecca), Hugh O'Brian (Pvt. Al DeWalt), King Donovan (Pvt. James Corbo), Richard Emory (Pvt. Mitch Shovels), John Pickard (Sgt. "Vet" McCloud), Robert Sherwood (Pvt. David Mason), Sheb Wooley (Quince), Larry Stewart (Bugler, Stevie Williams), Rodd Redwing (Cpl. Arika), Gordon Wynne (Pvt. Arndst Hofstetter), Margo Woode (Mrs. Owens), Dick Paxton (Pvt. Ralph Hall) ----- our story with top notch acting is about warning General Custer who is riding into a Sious ambush with massacre written all over it at the Little Big Horn ...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FANS OF MARIE WINDSOR AND NOIR READ ON December 23, 2006
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As a big Marie Windsor fan I was pleased to see VCI release this along with "THE LONESOME TRAIL / THE SILVER STAR" AND "THE TALL TEXAN".Windsor has a very small part in "Little Big Horn" playing a cheating wife.This love triangle situation fits in with the rest of the picture when her Cavalry Captain husband orders her boyfriend to ride on the mission to warn General Custer.There is lots of fighting action and great tension and drama as the Cavalry scouts are picked off one by one in what is basically a suicide mission."Rimfire" is what I would describe as a good B western.Nothing more nothing less.The picture and sound are quite good on all of these new VCI releases.I was very interested in the "WESTERN FILM NOIR" catagorization of the films.After watching them I would have to reccomend "THE LONESOME TRAIL / THE SILVER STAR" as being more "Noir".While not reviewing these films here,I must say that "The Silver Star" with Marie Windsor is not to be missed ! To sum it up I highly reccomend all of the films mentioned in this review.I don't just automatically give five stars to everything that I am pleased to see released but I can honestly give "LITTLE BIG HORN / RIMFIRE" a respectable four star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gritty western (Little Big Horn only)
I bought this for the movie The Little Big Horn, which I remembered watching as a child. Seeing it now and being somewhat, well actually much older, I can appreciate this even... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcus Regulus
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great! I saw this with my Dad back i 1951
I saw this with my Dad back i 1951. I have been wanting to see it again. It is a good story with character great development. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John L. Siereveld
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 solid flicks
2 very good solid westerns.Both have great transfers.95 minutes LBH and 65 minutes Rimfire.Both b&w.Good stories.Excellent casting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JUDAS TREES
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD VCI DOUBLE!!!!!
This is a great release from VCI. A good example of what a DVD release should be. Video and audio is pretty good on both features with no splices. No complaints.
Published 20 months ago by larryj1
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Double Bill!!
Yes, I know, I am coming to this quite a bit later than previous reviewers, but, as they say, better late... Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. W. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars western film noir. vol.1 little big horn\ rimfier
this is a excellent dvd little big horn i looked this dvd for a long time thanks amazon. i will buy from this again. thank you.
Published on October 3, 2011 by vernon egolf
1.0 out of 5 stars too old
These real old B&W B movies are not any good. I receive it in good shape and on time as promised but I still didn't like it.
Published on September 21, 2011 by Mamie Thomas
LITTLE BIG HORN was the nice find here among these two obscure B Westerns. About a calvary patrol racing to Little Big Horn to warn Custer and the 7th cavalry that they'll be... Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by FRED C. DOBBS
5.0 out of 5 stars B Westerns get an A
Received in perfect condition. The two movies on the DVD were also perfect - must be the way they appeared in the 50's. Terrific value for the price.
Published on October 21, 2010 by J. Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Western noir? Maybe not...but worth getting for Little Big Horn
LITTLE BIG HORN (1951, directed by Charles Marquis Warren)

As you might guess, this is about the Battle at the Little Big Horn, Custer's Last Stand in 1876... Read more
Published on January 24, 2010 by Muzzlehatch
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