High Voltage (June 29, 1929)
Released on June 29, 1929: Carole Lombard is a female convict who is stranded with her captor and others in a cabin in the High Sierras during a winter snow storm.
Directed by Howard Higgin
Written by Elliott J. Clawson, James Gleason and Kenyon Nicholson.
The Actors: William Boyd (Bill), Carole Lombard (Billie Davis), Owen Moore (Detective Dan Egan), Phillips Smalley (J. Milton Hendrickson), Billy Bevan ('Smilin' Gus Angstrom, bus driver), Diane Ellis (the kid).
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Escaped Convicts Snowbound in the Sierras
When this movie came out in June of 1929 the stock market was a raging bull and the 'Roaring 20's' with loads of money and good times was the theme of America. But even with all of the wild parties and hot times in the big cities, the country was still a kinder and gentler place. The two heroes in this wintery drama are both escaped convicts wanted by the law - they fall in love when they meet, but they are both wanted by the law, and the future doesn't look very bright. A very cool looking 1929 Stagecoach bus is making its way through the high Sierras when they get stuck in a wintery snow storm. The four passengers and the driver spot a small, desolate building off in the distance and trudge through the deep snow to the little church. Inside they discover Bill, a fellow hiding out from the law. The bus driver and four passengers must share Bill's food for as long as it takes to outlast the winter storm. Besides the bus driver, played by silent screen comedian Billy Bevan, there is a police detective who is taking Billie Davis, played by a very young Carole Lombard, back to the prison that she had escaped from. The other couple is a portly banker and a young girl that we never discover much about. Soon the gruff Bill and blonde Billie fall for each other and devise an escape plan so that they can both live in freedom together instead of going back to prison. Without any gunplay or violence . . . indeed we never find out if the cop is wearing a gun . . . a moral dilemma plays out for us with an ending that would not be typical in today's movie madness. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of real melted butter on top and enjoy a wintery adventure of survival with cops, criminals and bystanders from the Roaring 20's.
Carole Lombard in High Voltage, 1929
Carole Lombard warns William Boyd to leave the young girl alone
Billy Bevan and William Boyd in the small church
Carole Lombard and William Boyd worry about the sick young girl
Diane Ellis and Phillips Smalley in High Voltage
Owen Moore and Carole Lombard outside the bus
Owen Moore and William Boyd face off in the small cabin
Owen Moore as Police Detective Dan Egan
Owen Moore, as Detective Egan, watches William Boyd and Carole Lombard escape into the night
William Boyd and Carole Lombard, both wanted by the police, stick together
William Boyd and Carole Lombard escape from the cabin and discover a search plane overhead
William Boyd gives Owen Moore the papers that will put Boyd and Lombard back in jail
William Boyd and Phillips Smalley fight over the food
William Boyd comforts Carole Lombard as they anticipate going back to jail
William Boyd meets Carole Lombard in the small church in the high sierras