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Prairie Thunder (1937)

To increase profits for his shipping company, Lynch has goaded the Indians to attack both the telegraph line and the new railroad. When Lynch sells rifles to the Indians, Rod Farrell ... See full summary »


B. Reeves Eason


Ed Earl Repp (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ... Rod Farrell (as Dick Foran {the Singing Cowboy})
Janet Shaw ... Joan Temple (as Ellen Clancy)
Smoke Smoke ... Smoke (as Smoke the Wonder Horse)
Frank Orth ... Corporal Wichita
Wilfred Lucas ... Nate Temple
Albert J. Smith ... Lynch
Yakima Canutt ... High Wolf
George Chesebro ... Matson
Slim Whitaker ... Indian Fighter
J.P. McGowan ... Colonel Stanton
John Harron ... Lieutenant Adams
Jack Mower ... Portland - Camp Foreman - Replaced by Stuart Holmes (credit only)
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Chris
Paul Panzer ... Jed - Replaced by Buck Connors (credit only)


To increase profits for his shipping company, Lynch has goaded the Indians to attack both the telegraph line and the new railroad. When Lynch sells rifles to the Indians, Rod Farrell captures Lynch and his gang. But Lynch's Indian friends free him and this time Farrell finds himself the prisoner. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE...OR FIGHT FOR IT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

11 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Myrsky aavikolla See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Panzer is credited onscreen but was replaced by Buck Connors in the role of "Jed". Similarly Jack Mower is credited onscreen but was replaced by Stuart Holmes in the role of "Camp Foreman". See more »


As a result of budget considerations, a large amount of mismatched archive stock footage, filmed at the slower silent era speed, but projected at the higher sound era speed, becomes detrimental to the continuity of the story. See more »


Remake of The Telegraph Trail (1933) See more »


Give Me a Song
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Dick Foran
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Nice little racket
30 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dick Foran who co-starred with John Wayne in Fort Apache and Donovan's Reef steps into the Duke's boots in a remake of his The Telegraph Trail which in turn is a remake of a Ken Maynard silent The Glorious Trail.

Foran plays an army scout with a corporal played by Frank Orth as a sidekick. He and Orth go out to repair a telegraph line and run into Albert J. Smith head of freighting outfit who has a nice little racket going with Chief Yakima Canutt who raids all other outfits supplying the area but Smith's. He gets to then charge outrageous prices for goods.

Of course Foran gets to dispatch him in cowboy hero fashion. Typical B western for the Saturday matinee kids. One thing though, Orth was one of the worst sidekicks ever. He was usually playing fussy, officious little men in all kinds of movies. But western sidekicks was not his thing.

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