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Thunderhoof (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 July 1948 (USA)
Texas rancher Scotty Mason goes into the Mexican desert-country in search of a wild horse, and takes his young wife, Margarita and his hired-hand, The Kid, whose life Scotty had saved a few... See full summary »

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Texas rancher Scotty Mason goes into the Mexican desert-country in search of a wild horse, and takes his young wife, Margarita and his hired-hand, The Kid, whose life Scotty had saved a few years earlier. The Kid falls in love with Magarita before they have crossed the Texas border, and spends more time plotting to get rid of Scotty than he does horse-hunting. Before long the two are engaged in fisticuffs in a mountain pass, but Scotty spots the horse he is hunting (Thunderhoof) and the chase is on. Scotty breaks his leg in the capture and, with a make-shift splint, Scotty, the Kid, Margarita and the horse start the return trek to Texas. Scotty and the Kid get into another fight, in a blinding sand-storm, and the Kid tosses Scott in a ravine, and tells Margarita that Scotty has deserted them. She joins the Kid, and learns the truth about Scotty after the delirious Kid drinks from a poisoned-water hole. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Scotty Mason: Look at Thunderhoof, Marguerita. He's the beginning of our ranch. Ten days from now, we'll be under our own roof, your own house.
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William Bishop tries to win Mary Stuart away from her husband, Preston Foster
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The print I watched of "Thunderhoof" was in the lowest quartile of after-market fare, with a muffled sound track, but it was still well worth watching.

Done in 1948, it's an adult western, 4 years before the 1952 "Rancho Notorious".

Thunderhoof is the name of a horse sought by Preston Foster in Mexico, in the company of his wife Mary Stuart and the "Kid", William Bishop. It's the dream of Foster to use the horse for breeding and build up a ranch. Bishop had known Stuart before Foster, and he still is trying to separate her from him.

Bishop does a standout job portraying a complex character. He's not a one-note bad guy, by any means. On the other hand, he can't be counted on not to do something bad and to act unreliably to get his way. His moral code is not of the highest quality.

But then, neither is Foster's. He once saved the Kid's life and he is not above trying to get repaid in full and more than in full by reminding the Kid of that. And Stuart is not above being tempted by Kid's seductions.

And so, as these three find the horse, rope it and then Foster breaks his leg, they contend with each other as much as they do the elements of nature arrayed against them in a long trip through deserted wilds.

The film brought to mind "The Ride Back" made in 1957, even though the stories are very different. It's the psychological confrontations and developments during the adventuresome trip. The noir ambiance was creeping into these westerns.


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