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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 »
Factual errors: The fire pit in the tepee appears to be made from brick and mortar. Indians who used tepees were nomadic in nature. A permanent fire pit as that shown in the movie would not have been implemented by nomadic Indian tribes.See more »
Steve Farrell:Chief, if you break the peace now, you'll make enemies of a lot of innocent people.
Walking Bear:Dead enemies are best way to peace.
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Cross Guns., 4 May 2014
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Colt .45 (AKA: Thundercloud) is directed by Edwin L. Marin and written by Thomas W. Blackburn. It stars Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, Zachary Scott, Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale Senior and Chief Thundercloud. Music is by William Lava and cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline.

"A gun like any other source of power, is a force for either good or evil, being neither in itself, but dependent upon those who possess it."

Another of the Warner Brothers Westerns to star Western legend Randolph Scott, this one sees Scott once again team up with Marin for another lively and colourful bout of yee-haw shenanigans. Scott is gun salesman Steve Farrell, who has his new Colt .45's stolen by outlaw Jason Brett (Z Scott). As Brett and his gang wreak havoc across the lands, Farrell sets out with angered urgency to end the rampage.

1950 was a big year for the Western genre, there was strong psychological releases such as Broken Arrow, Devil's Doorway, The Furies, The Gunfighter and Winchester '73. While John Ford was laying down one of his super Cavalry movies with Rio Grande. Colt .45 is a mile from the class of those, but as the box office success of it shows, there was then, and still is now, a great deal of enjoyment to be garnered from this type of Randy Scott Oater.

There's a unpretentiousness about the film, while the portrayal of the Indians here, who have a significant say in the story, is on the good side of good. Z Scott makes for a good villain without going over the top, Hale, who would pass away this same year, is good value as always and Roman looks the pretty part in a thankless role. Marin directs at a clip, instilling gusto to the plentiful action, and Cline brings the picturesque landscapes to colourful life.

There's of course some suspension of disbelief needed, while certain plot developments are daft, but once the dramatic twists align themselves with the frivolity, it rounds out as a good time for all the family; and of course those into gun porn! 7/10

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