The Law of Contact

High Voltage (June 29, 1929)

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Carole Lombard and William Boyd
 

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

The Actors: William Boyd (Bill, the stranger), Carole Lombard (Billie Davis, the outlaw), Owen Moore (Detective Dan Egan, the cop), Phillips Smalley (J. Milton Hendrickson, the banker), Billy Bevan ('Smilin' Gus Angstrom, the bus driver), Diane Ellis (the kid)

 

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1929, When Men were Men, and Women were Glad of it!

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. Alcohol was illegal, but the Speak Easy secret nightclubs in the big cities were not very secret. But even with all of the wild parties and hot times in the big cities, the country was still a kinder, gentler, and more peaceful place.

As our adventure opens, a very cool looking 1929 Stagecoach bus is making its way through the High Sierras, carrying a banker, a young girl on the way to see her fiancé, a cop, and an outlaw that the cop is taking back to New York City. The outlaw that the cop is taking back to prison is blonde beauty Carole Lombard, in her first talking motion picture.

Unfortunately, there is a wild snow blizzard raging, and instead of stopping, the bus plows along the deep snowy road. In the middle of nowhere, suddenly the bus hits a huge hole in the road, and our passengers are stranded. Deep snow and bitter cold surround them as far as the eye can see, and they slowly realize that they are doomed to die, until they spot a small country church about a mile away.

The four passengers and the driver trudge into the lonely deserted church and discover that there is an iron pot-bellied stove that is glowing warm. A hobo is sleeping in the corner, and he has a pile of food. The hobo is William Boyd, soon to become famous as Hopalong Cassidy.

These six very different people must survive together in the cold Sierras with a dwindling supply of food and wood for the fire. The High Voltage is not from electricity, because there is none. The sparks will fly when the stranger in the cabin and the cop both threaten each other while trying to claim the affections of the beautiful outlaw. This is 1929, when men are men, and women are glad of it. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

William Boyd and Carole Lombard
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
Billy Bevan
Billy Bevan
Billy Bevan and William Boyd in the small church
Billy Bevan and William Boyd in the small church
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard and William Boyd
Carole Lombard and William Boyd
Carole Lombard and William Boyd
Carole Lombard and William Boyd
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard
Diane Ellis and Phillips Smalley
Diane Ellis and Phillips Smalley
Owen Moore
Owen Moore
Owen Moore and William Boyd
Owen Moore and William Boyd
Owen Moore
Owen Moore
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
William Boyd and Carole Lombard
William Boyd and Owen Moore
William Boyd and Owen Moore
William Boyd and Phillips Smalley
William Boyd and Phillips Smalley