The Sundowners (1950 film)

The Sundowners is a 1950 American Technicolor Western film directed by George Templeton, starring Robert Preston and featuring John Drew Barrymore, Robert Sterling, Chill Wills, and Jack Elam. The film is also known as Thunder in the Dust in the United Kingdom.

The Sundowners
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Directed byGeorge Templeton
Produced byAlan Le May
George Templeton
Written byAlan Le May (screenplay and story "Thunder in the Dust")
StarringRobert Preston
John Drew Barrymore
Chill Wills
Jack Elam
Music byAlberto Colombo
Leonid Raab
Rudy Schrager
CinematographyWinton C. Hoch
Edited byJack Ogilvie
Le May-Templeton Pictures
Distributed byEagle-Lion Films
Release date
  • February 2, 1950 (1950-02-02) (United States)
  • May 4, 1950 (1950-05-04) (New York City)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States


A rash of cattle rustling leads to a range war, centered on the disputed grazing rights to a fertile canyon. Hostilities escalate with the arrival of a gunman, who disrupts both sides in the conflict.



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