20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2009
I can not tell you how amazed and overjoyed I was, when I learned that EUREKA was releasing a restored version of this rarely seen film!!!
"The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" (1936)was only the second feature to be shot in the then new 3-strip-Technicolor process, the first film being "Becky Sharp" (1935). The colours are rich and vibrant and one can just imagine what a novelty these early Technicolor films must have to cinema-goers of the 1930s.
"The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" is a landmark film, since it was the first Technicolor film to be shot entirely on location.
The film's story deals with the feud between two neighbouring families, and features some well-known actors like Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney. However, the best performances are given by Fred McMurray (Disney's "Absentminded Professor") and Nigel Bruce (best known as Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes). It's a very watchable film, featuring some of the most beautiful early colour cinematography.
If you enjoy these early Technicolor films as much as I do, take a look at the following titles which are also available on DVD:
"The Garden of Allah" (1936/Marlene Dietrich), "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" (1938), "A Star is Born" (1937), "Nothing Sacret" (1937), "The Divorce Of Lady X" (UK/1938), "The Drum" (UK/1938), "Sixty Glorious Years" (UK/1938), "The Mikado" (UK/1939), and especially the double-DVD-Special-Edition of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
5. Fred Stone
Date of Birth: 19 August 1873 - Longmont, Colorado, USA
Date of Death: 6 March 1959 - North Hollywood, California, USA
6. Nigel Bruce (aka: William Nigel Ernle Bruce)
Date of Birth: 4 February 1895 - Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Date of Death: 8 October 1953 - Santa Monica, California
7. Beulah Bondi
Date of Birth: 3 May 1888 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 11 January 1981 - Woodland Hills, California
8. Robert Barrat
Date of Birth: 10 July 1889 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 7 January 1970 - Hollywood, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 102 min on DVD ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (July 7, 2009)
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2009
It's all about three strip Technicolor. If the Eureka transfer is really good, you are in for a wonderful feast. Otherwise, forget about it.
A rare and fragile print was on loan to the French Cinémathèque and we were stunned. we had never seen anything like that. The earlier and first three strip Technicolor BECKY SHARP (1935) doesn't hold a candle to it.
As an HATHAWAY fan, I should crown it as a masterpiece, but I don't remember it as such. The actors, HENRY FONDA/SYLVIA SIDNEY/FRED MAC MURRAY are not too convincing. We also find NIGEL BRUCE and BEULAH BONDI
The Kentucky feud, from a 1908 novel, is truly old hat. It had been filmed in 1914, 1916 (directed by DE MILLE) and 1924, and played on Broadway in 1912. I don't know what kind of adaptation HORACE MC COY did at PARAMOUNT studios.
The film was shot in 1935 (Californian lcations), and was first released
in February 1936.
If this TECHNICOLOR memory made your mouth water, wear a T-shirt: "GIVE US BACK KODACHROME 64!"
Another Eureka release FLESH AND THE DEVIL was shot by a good director with a good cast but is crushed by a very thin story (French humour, sorry). For enthusiast movie buffs whose motto is: "we already have all the interesting films, we want the rare ones!" It is a rare movie.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2011
Saw this film when i was a child, thats why I bought it,I loved it
then, but then I was a child and a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.
It might be a classic but I think have outgrown it now.