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Thundering Thompson (1929)

Using a false accusation of unlawful land-squatting, Bill Edwards (Al Ferguson(1)') goes to the County Seat and has Sheriff Brown to swear out a warrant against sheep-herders Marie Valerian... See full summary »

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(as B. Frank Wilson)

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Cheyenne Bill ...
Neva Gerber ...
Marie Valerian
Al Ferguson ...
Bill Edwards
Ed La Niece ...
George Morgan (as Ed La Neice)
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Using a false accusation of unlawful land-squatting, Bill Edwards (Al Ferguson(1)') goes to the County Seat and has Sheriff Brown to swear out a warrant against sheep-herders Marie Valerian (Neva Gerber) and her father (Silver Tip Baker. The Sheriff sends a Deputy, "Thundering" Thompson (Cheyenne Bill_, back to serve the warrant. Thompson learns that Edwards is only trying to force the Valerians to sell their sheep to him at a cheap price, and comes back without serving the warrant. This enrages Edwards who enlists the aid of a local cattleman and his hands to drive off the sheep. Thompson sets out to keep this from happening. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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8 October 1929 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A print of this film survives in nitrate at the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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Remake of Rangeland (1922) See more »

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A decent silent western that has two strikes against it.
2 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very short B-western starring a Canadian actor named 'Cheyenne Bill'. I couldn't learn a lot about the guy other than he appeared in eight movies. Here, he plays the typical B-movie hero. He is a Deputy who has been sent by the Sheriff to arrest a young woman. However, he quickly (too quickly) realizes that the woman is innocent and the charges are being orchestrated by a baddie who wants her land and herd of sheep. Naturally, since Cheyenne is a hero, he cannot arrest the woman and he chooses to resign rather than serve this unjust arrest warrant. The remainder of the film consists of him fighting the baddies and thus saving the young lady and her father.

All in all, it's a rather typical theme for a B and I really liked the final fight between Cheyenne and the boss--it was long and I appreciated how during much of it, the hero was getting his butt whipped good! It was well-choreographed and exciting. However, the film cannot get a score higher score for two reasons. First, at only about 46 minutes, it's just too short and shallow. Second, I hated seeing one of the characters being played by a guy in black-face! This is one of the latest films in which they had black men played by whites in makeup--a bad idea that fortunately faded when talking pictures arrived (with only one or two exceptions, such as "Check and Double Check").


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