The Sundowners

The Sundowners

George Templeton (1950)

U Certificate


Our Score
An agreeable western, filmed entirely on location in Texas, that rests on the roguish charm of Robert Preston and the superb Technicolor photography by Winton Hoch, fresh from his Oscar for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The film introduces John Barrymore Jr who is unexceptional as the teenage kid idolising Preston as his bad outlaw brother. Robert Sterling plays the more conventional middle brother and ex-accountant Jack Elam makes an early film appearance as a scared murder witness. Leading western novelist Alan LeMay (The Searchers) produced and scripted this adaptation of one of his early pieces, Thunder in the Dust, as well as appearing uncredited as Preston's companion.


Two brothers get involved in a wild west range war against their other brother, who has become a renegade gunman. Western, starring Robert Preston, John Barrymore Jnr and Bob Sterling.

Cast & Crew

Kid Wichita Robert Preston
Tom Cloud Robert Sterling
Sam Beard Chill Wills
John Gaul John Litel
Kathleen Boyce Cathy Downs
Earl Boyce Jack Elam
Elmer Gaul Don Haggerty
Fletcher Stanley Price
Jeff Cloud John Drew Barrymore
Director George Templeton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Eros FilmsAvailable on: DVD