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Thunder Over the Plains (1953)

Approved | | Romance, War, Western | 27 October 1953 (USA)
In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers.

Director:

André De Toth

Writer:

Russell S. Hughes (as Russell Hughes)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Capt. David Porter
Lex Barker ... Capt. Bill Hodges
Phyllis Kirk ... Norah Porter
Charles McGraw ... Ben Westman
Henry Hull ... Lt. Col. Chandler
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joseph Standish
Hugh Sanders ... H.L. Balfour
Lane Chandler ... Mike Faraday
James Brown ... Conrad
Fess Parker ... Kirby
Mark Dana Mark Dana ... Lt. Williams
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It's 1869, Texas has not yet been readmitted to the Union, and carpetbaggers have taken over the state. Federal Captain Porter, a Texan, has to carry out orders against his own people. He brings in the rebel leader whom he knows is innocent of the murder for which he is charged. But in trying to prove his innocence, Porter now finds he is a wanted man. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"Don't go out there Dave! Please don't go out there!" (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Romance | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come on Texas See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First role for Lex Barker after completing five Tarzan movies. See more »

Goofs

The Cavalry men are seen using Cold Model 1873 pistols in a movie that takes place in 1869. See more »

Quotes

Norah Porter: I'm afraid you hurt Mr. Balfour's feelings.
Captain Bill Hodges: To do that I'd have to kick him in the pocketbook.
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Connections

Referenced in They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968) See more »

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Texas, 1869, a powder keg waiting to explode.
2 November 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Thunder Over The Plains is directed by André De Toth and written by Russell S. Hughes. It stars Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk, Charles McGraw, Henry Hull & Elisha Cook Jr. Filmed in WarnerColor the exterior photography is by Bert Glennon at the Warner Ranch in Calabasas, and David Buttolph scores the music.

It's 1869, and Texas is still not part of the Union. Carpetbaggers rule the state and criminal activity is high. Captain Porter (Scott), a proud Texan himself, finds he has to carry out orders against his own countrymen. When a man in town is murdered in cold blood, suspicion falls on rogue cowboy Ben Westman (McGraw), but Porter believes he's innocent and strikes a deal to bring him in for a fair trial. However, this sets off a chain of events that leads to Porter himself becoming a wanted man.

Knowing direction, fine acting and a darn good script, all make Thunder Over The Plains essential viewing for the 50s Western fan. The bonus, aside from the impressive support cast, is the story itself. This was a troubled time, a time when only two states were not yet accepted back into the Union post the Civil War. Toth and Hughes paint a murky town, one of corruption, tax oppression and shifty shenanigans. There's even room in the story for strains on the family home of Porter and an attempt at adultery. Throw in the nice colour and scenery, pace it briskly with enjoyable action set-pieces (the shoot out at the end is familiar but excellently done), and it's a fictionalised winner. 7/10


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