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2 February 1950 (USA) See more »
He was a target for every man's bullet ... and every woman's kiss !
Brother is pitted against brother in this tale of fueding ranchers in the old west. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Preston ... James Cloud ('Kid Wichita')

Robert Sterling ... Tom Cloud

Chill Wills ... Sam Beers

Cathy Downs ... Kathleen Boyce

John Litel ... John Gall

Jack Elam ... Earl Boyce

Don Haggerty ... Sheriff Elmer Gall

Stanley Price ... Steve Fletcher

Clem Fuller ... Turkey
Frank Cordell ... Jim Strake

Dave Kashner ... Gill Bassen (The Whip)

John Drew Barrymore ... The Younger Brother - Jeff Cloud (as John Barrymore Jr.)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Le May ... The Parson (uncredited)

Directed by
George Templeton 
Writing credits
Alan Le May (written by) (as Alan LeMay)

Alan Le May (story serialized by Collier's as "Thunder in the Dust") (as Alan LeMay)

Produced by
Alan Le May .... producer (as Alan LeMay)
George Templeton .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leonid Raab 
Rudy Schrager  (as Rudolph Schrager)
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Paisley .... assistant director
Harry Templeton .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Byron Munson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... music director
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Mitchell Kovaleski .... Technicolor color consultant
Harry B. Friedman .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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  • Texas, State of  all of this picture was made with the help of (as the STATE OF TEXAS, and more Texas people than can be named on this screen)

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Also Known As:
"Thunder in the Dust" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14038) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Tom Cloud:Alright Which... you just went on wages.
James Cloud:Why Tom, I dont want wages from you. I just want half the place
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Choppy, but Good to Look At, 9 August 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Plot-- Mysterious Kid Wichita arrives to help two brothers Tom and Jeff defend their ranch from cattle rustlers. Trouble is the Kid creates more problems than he solves. So why does straight arrow Tom put up with him.

Anyone doubting that Texas has a scenic part needs to see this Western. The Palo Dura Canyon in the Texas panhandle looks like a smaller version of the Grand Canyon of Arizona and makes an eye-catching backdrop. In fact, the movie skillfully weaves the action into the red rock slabs, especially the big shoot-out, bull whip and all.

There're a lot of cross currents to the plot, making the story sometimes difficult to follow, but the central characters—Preston and Sterling—remain clearly drawn. The script only fills in important information in dribs and drabs, which means we have to keep up with why some people are doing what they do as best we can. Thus some patience is needed, but I think it does pay off.

Preston is obviously enjoying his charming bad-guy role, playing it for all it's worth. His Kid Wichita may be one of the biggest, most booming, personalities in Western annals and probably the only singing villain. Wisely, his opposite number, Sterling, underplays his part as Tom, the reluctant good guy. This makes for a good dramatic contrast and helps build tension for the inevitable showdown. Apparently, Jack Elam helped get financing for the film (IMDB) and so got his first acting part. He sounds a little shaky, but then his cuckolded husband, Earl, is supposed to be. And, of course, there's Chill Wills lending his reliable "aw- shucks" brand of character color.

Anyway, there's a lot of entertainment in both the scenery and the characters, making this a generally under-rated little Western.

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