The Big Cat is a 1949 Action Adventure American Outdoor film in Technicolor directed by Phil Karlson. The cast included Lon McCallister and Peggy Ann Garner. A city boy arrives in his late mother’s birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.
A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he’s finally released for lack of evidence–after having been beaten up and tortured by the police–he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.