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Thunder Over the Plains (1953)

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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Storyline

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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HIS WAS THE MOMENT HE HAD TO COUNT HIS BULLETS...because he couldn't count on his friends! (original insert-card poster) See more »

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Romance | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La última patrulla 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 De woestijnratten van Las Vegas (1968) See more »

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Outstanding little movie
4 January 2002 | by gregorhauserSee all my reviews

Randolph Scott often shines as typical westerner. Here he plays Captain Potter a perfect example for Christian charity. He even prefers humiliation and danger to reputation of his lovely wife. He is a hero and a saint.

Scott never looks unbelievable in his part.

Lex Barker, former Tarzan and later superman "Old Shatterhand", plays against his image as arrogant villain. And I think he does it very well.

The story is entertaining and there are a lot of other good actors like Henry Hull, Phyllis Kirk and Elisha Cook jr. in it.

This really is an enjoyable B-western directed by veteran Andre de Toth.


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