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January 8, 2019
I was actually looking for the Robert Mitchum Australian sheep-ranching drama but ended up renting this one by accident. It's a classic B-western with familiar themes, shot in some early version of technicolor (but well-faded and rather murky in this print). Robert Sterling is a Texas rancher who is losing many of his cattle to rustling - that is, until the Wichita Kid (Robert Preston), a notorious outlaw, shows up to help him out. Soon, they have embarrassed the rustlers and Sterling and his younger brother, Jeff (John Barrymore Jr), are indebted to Wichita. That is, until they discover that he has been up to no good, interloping with Cathy Downs (who is married to Jack Elam but an object of affection for Sterling) as well as doing some rustling of his own (with Jeff in his posse). Soon, both Elam and the Sheriff are dead and Sterling has to face the Wichita Kid - who turns out to be his own brother. As I said, this is purely B fare, although the plot is a bit more intense than is standard for the bottom of the bill and Preston's charisma does elevate things. But it was a helluva murky print.
October 2, 2016
161002: Overall, the story just doesn't make a lot of sense but it is what it is. Kid Wichita (Robert Preston) is the highlight and he keeps you guessing throughout the film. Other than being a bit crazy, not sure Wichita really has a motive. He appears to enjoy violence and challenging those around him, regardless of what side of the law they are on. Jack Elam makes a limited appearance as Earl Boyce. Not a waste of time but there are a lot of better westerns to spend an hour and a half on.
June 2, 2014
Robert Preston sings about O'riley and shoots straight. He is the good guy and his brother is the good guy, too. The bad guys have the law on their side and the other ranchers. Young Barrymore is a charmer. This movie was filmed in a beautiful canyon in Texas. Lots of cattle and a pretty girl, too.
February 21, 2014
well crafted drama but skip this and see the 1960 version
October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

(1950) The Sundowners
WESTERN

Two brothers bickering over cattle and horses whereas one is ethical (Robert Cummings) and the other one is immoral. The bad brother is soon idolized by the good brother's only son creating more havoc amongst the family once he starts shooting people at random. This movie drags with uninteresting characters.

2 out of 4
½ August 10, 2010
good western but stirling seems miscast
December 1, 2009
Sundowners was ahead of its time. For a western made in 1950, the plot and acting are unusually good. In a time when white hats for good guys and black hats for bad guys was the standard western fair, Sundowners breaks the mold.

Robert Preston is a great and unpredictable villain. He brings a unique character to play in what could be a rather bland production. The show keeps a high level of action as the plot twists and unfolds into a movie I enjoyed. As a bonus, it carried me back into childhood memories of the old west, cattle herding, rustling and adventure. The scenery is quite well filmed and varied for the time period, also. It fits well with the overall story.
½ November 19, 2007
I about blew my brains out finding this one. Again a good Kansas boy makin' 'dat money!
July 10, 2007
flixter found the right title! Woot!
June 17, 2007
Flixter DOES suck. Wrong director and Wrong art. Fred Zinnemann directed this story of Australian settlers trying to get by. A surprisingly engaging story anchored by brilliant performances from Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. The final 40 minutes in particular show surprising verve and intelligence in dealing with family dynamics.
May 11, 2007
Robert plays a good cowboy..
September 29, 2006
Not into old movies.
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