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Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.

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Francesca Rigaud
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Sheriff Antoine Chighizola
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Louis Chighizola
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In 1946, ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company, formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business...and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud's two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast, led by Stella Rigaud. Other hazards include sabotage, a hurricane...and a treacherous board of directors. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Brawling, Mauling Story of the Biggest Bonanza of Them All !

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Adventure | Drama

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16 September 1953 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Die Todesbucht von Louisiana  »

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(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although filmed in the standard 1.37-1 aspect ratio, Thunder Bay was chosen by Universal-International as its first wide screen feature, accomplishing this by cropping the top and bottom and projecting it at 1.85-1 at Loew's State Theatre in New York City, as well as other sites. Its initial presentation also marked UI's first use of directional stereophonic sound. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Gambi: Can you, uh, juggle or anything like that? We might pick up a few bucks.
Steve Martin: I can imitate a movie star.
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Not a widescreen movie
10 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The posted comment about wanting to see the "widescreen" version needs to be addressed.

As the listing for the film indicates, Thunder Bay was filmed with a standard Academy ratio of 1.37x1. That was the way it was meant to be shown. Universal then chopped off the top and bottom of the image - totally destroying the spatial integrity of the image - to claim that it was a "widescreen" film.

It must have looked awful. Count yourself lucky you don't get to see it.

(This horrible trick was also tried for the mid 1960s reissue for Gone With the Wind, where it was blown up to 70mm and released in a 2.35x1 ratio, which was just awful.)


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