The Big Cat (1949) - GOK 107


Director: Phil Karlson                   AKA:
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Run time: 71min 02 sec Review Rating: * *
Production date: 1949 GO release date: November 1981
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Adverts & Articles: Genre: Drama
Original Price: £ Current market Value: £20 - £30

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Shot Glass Review 

Set in the midst of depression-filled America in 1933, a mountain lion (The “Big Cat” of the story) steals nightly visits at killing the precious livestock of some local warring farmers. With a $150 reward soon placed on its head, this big hairy nuisance looks set to become a nice juicy cat steak, but ends up inadvertently saving two feuding families from killing each other, perhaps by providing a timely distraction for the pair as they saddle-up like a bumbling pair of Elmer Fudd’s to hunt down the hungry critter!

With a host of television stars, including a rare appearance from gritty diminutive star Lon McCallister (as Danny Turner), and the contrastingly sizeable Forrest Tucker (as Gil Hawks) a particularly nasty villain, constantly battling with Tom Eggers (played by the equally sizeable Preston Foster). Gene Reynolds, who plays Gil’s son here, would later find fame as executive producer on the award winning television series M.A.S.H.

The Big Cat was something of an unusual release for Go. Until now, their film selections consisted of a variety of Italian offerings, alongside a wealth of previously unseen Greek, Spanish or Hong Kong films. Nobody could possibly suggest that Go was ever a tasteful distributor however and much of their release schedule was just down-right indefensible schlock!

It seems clear that Go’s November schedule made them a tad busy – Likewise The Big Cat suffered by being packaged with a minimalist sleeve design, consisting of a half-drawn cat that looked like it was painted by some kid in primary school. That said, this surprisingly effective American oddity appeared on tape in November 1981, alongside a host of other Go endorsed titles, which included The Angry Dragon, Hero Bunker, The Mouse and the Woman, Triangle of Lust & Video Cartoon Comic – the latter featuring such rare children’s product as ‘Little Black Sambo’, a cartoon short from 1935.

What they said then.