MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 36,006 this week

Captain Thunder (1930)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Music  -  27 December 1930 (USA)
4.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 70 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(based on a story by), (based on a story by), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4150 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 1528 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
 
a list of 1152 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Captain Thunder" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Captain Thunder (1930)

Captain Thunder (1930) on IMDb 4.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Captain Thunder.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Nobody's Baby (1937)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After trying to break into show business, two mismatched girlfriends become nurses. One of their patients is a new mother who has hidden her pregnancy from her husband, the nightclub ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: Patsy Kelly, Lyda Roberti, Lynne Overman
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A police lieutenant on the take is ordered by the mob to destroy an incriminating report, which the lieutenant's proud father knows about. When the father and girlfriend are murdered, the police officer sets out for revenge.

Director: Fernando Di Leo
Stars: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A 12th-century knight-errant wanders the world fighting injustice and is accompanied by his faithful friends Crispin and Goliath.

Director: Antonio Hernández
Stars: Natasha Yarovenko, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Asier Etxeandia
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Noelle Middleton
Adventure | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

While attending a school for diplomats' daughters, the teen-aged daughter of the American ambassador uses her access to various embassies to engage in espionage.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula, a half-breed Asian, is using her hypnotic powers over the swami and them to ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Irene Dunne, Ricardo Cortez, Jill Esmond
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Mike and Tony Petrakis are a Greek father and son team who dive for sponges off the coast of Florida. After they are robbed by crooks, Arnold and the Rhys brothers, Mike decides to take his... See full summary »

Director: Robert D. Webb
Stars: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Sir Francis Drake goes on an expedition to the New World and steals gold from the Spaniards. After making a daring getaway, he returns to England where he protects Queen Elizabeth I from a ... See full summary »

Directors: Rudolph Maté, Primo Zeglio
Stars: Rod Taylor, Keith Michell, Edy Vessel
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Ynez
Victor Varconi ...
El Capitan Thunder
Charles Judels ...
Commandante Ruiz
Robert Elliott ...
Morgan
Bert Roach ...
Pablo
Frank Campeau ...
Hank
Don Alvarado ...
Juan
John St. Polis ...
Pedro (as John Sainpolis)
Natalie Moorhead ...
Bonita
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Don Miguel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

widow | wedding | soldier | saloon | rustler | See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 December 1930 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A bad Cisco Kid knock-off that's not for the faint of heart!
23 June 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The few reviews for this film are all over the place--with scores of 2, 4, 7 and 8. Some described it as "dreadful" or "weak" while others called it "richly entertaining"! With such divergent views, I had no idea what to expect. After watching the film, I thought the everyone was being way too kind to this terrible film. Now to a degree you might want to cut the film some slack--after all, it was one of many films in the early days of sound that came up short. Film dialog and acting did improve greatly by just 1932. However, even for 1930, this film was truly craptastic.

Apparently there was some sort of confusion among the actors. While the film is supposed to be set in Mexico, many of the supporting characters speak with what sure sound like Italian accents! It's the early days of sound movies, so perhaps they still didn't have voice coaches to help the actors--and they sure needed it here because even the Mexican accents were often pretty poor. As for the leads, Fay Wray sounded better than I expected but oddly, the pudgy and Hungarian Victor Varconi was Captain Thunder. The end result sounded a bit like Bela Lugosi and Pancho from the Cisco Kid series put together.

As far as Varconi's look, it was pretty interesting. Because the film seemed to be a ripoff of The Cisco Kid films, they tried to make him look like this character. IN OLD ARIZONA, the first sound Cisco Kid film, had just won the Oscar for Best Picture and I think CAPTAIN THUNDER was Warner's attempt to cash in on the series' success. However, dressing Varconi in an outfit EXACTLY like The Cisco Kid's did not produce the same effect. Instead of a tough lover like Warner Baxter or Cesar Romero, he looked more like an accountant dressing up as The Kid for a costume party! I just can't imagine women back in 1930 swooning for this guy! This, combined with the accent, doomed Varconi to a second-rate performance (at best).

By the way, although Varconi was bad, El Commandante Benito Ruiz (Charles Judels, who was Dutch) was by comparison even more dreadful--his acting and accent. My daughter and I tried to figure out WHAT he was supposed to be--she thought German, I thought idiot. Please don't get mad at me for making fun of the bad acting--they're all dead by now (as are their mommies) and I'm not hurting their feelings.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Captain Thunder (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?