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Thunder on the Hill (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 October 1951 (USA)
Convicted murderess Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth) is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette ... See full summary »

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Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Sister Mary Bonaventure
Ann Blyth ... Valerie Carns
Robert Douglas ... Dr. Edward Jeffreys
Anne Crawford ... Isabel Jeffreys
Philip Friend ... Sidney Kingham
Gladys Cooper ... Mother Superior
Michael Pate ... Willie
John Abbott ... Abel Harmer
Connie Gilchrist ... Sister Josephine
Gavin Muir ... Melling
Phyllis Stanley ... Nurse Phillips
Norma Varden ... Pierce
Valerie Cardew Valerie Cardew ... Nurse Colby
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Smithson
Patrick O'Moore ... Mr. Smithson
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Convicted murderess Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth) is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette Colbert) becomes convinced of her innocence and sets out to find the real killer. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Six desperate people...hiding one guilty secret!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schwester Maria Bonaventura See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 9, 1953 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

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No Vertigo
29 February 2004 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

Based on a undistinguished play, in lesser hands this would have been totally forgettable. Director Douglas Sirk endows it all with a sense of style but still does not manage to salvage the pedestrian stagy dialog.

Claudette Colbert is as always, winning in her role as the nun with a feisty spirit she finds difficult to hold in check and Gladys Cooper lends her renowned haughtiness. While there are some well played smaller parts there's much wooden acting too which bogs the film down measurably.

One can't help wondering if Hitchcock ever saw this, as the climax in the bell tower is a forerunner of the famous scene from "Vertigo", but there the similarity ends.

Since Sirk went on to become an important director, this film is of certain interest, but not one to make any particular effort to hunt down.


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