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Release Date:
27 May 1950 (USA) See more »
The gun that became the law of the land !
Gun salesman Steve Farrell gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by ruthless killer Jason Brett but vows to recover them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Randolph Scott ... Steve Farrell

Ruth Roman ... Beth Donovan

Zachary Scott ... Jason Brett

Lloyd Bridges ... Paul Donovan

Alan Hale ... Sheriff Harris

Ian MacDonald ... Miller

Chief Thundercloud ... Walking Bear
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Carl Andre ... Indian (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Monte Blue ... Townsman (uncredited)
Richard Brehm ... Henchman (uncredited)
Bob Burrows ... Henchman (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Indian (uncredited)
Forrest R. Colee ... Henchman (uncredited)

Tex Cooper ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ben Corbett ... Henchman (uncredited)

Walter Coy ... Carl (uncredited)
Luther Crockett ... Judge Tucker (uncredited)

Jack Curtis ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Redrock Sheriff (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Warren Fiske ... Henchman (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Townsman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Clyde Hudkins Jr. ... Indian (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins ... Henchman (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Indian (uncredited)

Robert Karnes ... Henchman (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Townsman / Shot Witness (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon ... Henchman (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Bystander #1 (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Henchman (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Posseman (uncredited)

Zon Murray ... Bogus Indian Henchman (uncredited)
Aurora Navarro ... Squaw (uncredited)

Howard Negley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Townsman (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Bystander (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Guard (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Townsman (uncredited)

Charles Sherlock ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Townsman (uncredited)

William Steele ... Henchman (uncredited)

Mary Stuart ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Hal Taliaferro ... Stagecoach Guard (uncredited)
Jack Watt ... Posseman (uncredited)

Directed by
Edwin L. Marin 
Writing credits
Thomas W. Blackburn (written by) (as Thomas Blackburn)

Produced by
Saul Elkins .... producer
Original Music by
William Lava 
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (director of photography) (as Wilfrid M. Cline)
Film Editing by
Frank Magee 
Art Direction by
Douglas Bacon 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Bud Bashaw Jr. .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeanette Marvin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oren Haglund .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Special Effects by
Harry Barndollar .... special effects
Carl Andre .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Burrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Warren Fiske .... stunts (uncredited)
Clyde Hudkins Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon .... stunts (uncredited)
Calvin Spencer .... stunt double: Lloyd Bridges (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Fred Morgan .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ralph Owen .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator
William Lava .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Mitchell Kovaleski .... technicolor color consultant
Jean Baker .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thundercloud" - USA (reissue title)
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74 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:Tous publics | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

To avoid confusing it with its TV series of the same name--"Colt .45" (1957)--Warner Bros. changed the film's title to "Chief Thundercloud." It has subsequently reverted back to its original title.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the arrow is shot into the sheriff's office door, the point initially sticks through just enough to see it and then after a second or two it is clearly shoved through a little harder so that the arrowhead protrudes most of the way through the door.See more »
Walking Bear:[Referring to two captive bad guys] Got two more... fast and quiet. Indian always move quiet.See more »
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Below-average Randolph Scott western, 10 April 2003
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

In the 1950s, Randolph Scott made a number of westerns at Warner Bros., ranging from the sublime (Andre De Toth's CARSON CITY) to the ridiculous (this one). COLT .45 (1950) has got a number of things wrong with it, including ludicrous plotting, but is at least fast-paced, well-cast and dotted with frequent bursts of violence and gunplay. The screenwriter seems to have bent over backwards to tie a standard lawman-vs.-stage robbers tale to the Colt .45 revolver which is apparently being introduced to the west at the time this film takes place. The plot has to do with an outlaw's theft of a pair of the title six-shooters and the robbery-and-killing spree that results. The owner of the guns, Steve Farrell (Randolph Scott), a salesman for the Colt company, takes off after the villain with a second pair of the six-guns. At various points during the action, Farrell is accused of complicity with Brett (Zachary Scott), the robber he's pursuing.

Zachary Scott makes a suitably snarling, mustachioed villain in a performance seemingly fueled by ample infusions of "fire water" consumed between set-ups. Ruth Roman makes a spunky and attractive heroine as the wife of a miner (Lloyd Bridges) who's in cahoots with Zachary. Alan Hale (Sr.) plays a corrupt sheriff also working with Zachary.

The most interesting thing about this western is the inclusion of a tribe of Indians who pop up at convenient moments to help hero Farrell. Given the pervasiveness of corrupt whites in Bonanza Creek, the backlot town where the film takes place, the Indians prove to be Farrell's only dependable allies. The chief is played by respected Indian actor Chief Thundercloud, who adds virtually the only note of historical authenticity to the entire film. At one point, one of the Indian women supplies heroine Roman with a very fashionable white buckskin jacket that she sports for the rest of the film.

The film is set during the James K. Polk administration immediately after the Mexican War, placing the action sometime in the 1840s. Given that photography was a brand-new (and quite time-consuming) technology back then, it's anachronistically amusing to see posters featuring a black-and-white head shot of Randolph Scott distributed to peace officers in the film.

Shot in color, COLT .45 is a relatively low-budget affair with shooting restricted to the Warner Bros. backlot and nearby studio ranches.

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