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Thunder Bay (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 1953 (UK)
Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.



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Complete credited cast:
Stella Rigaud
Teche Bossier
Kermit MacDonald
Marcia Henderson ...
Francesca Rigaud
Robert Monet ...
Phillipe Bayard
Dominique Rigaud
Rawlings (as Henry Morgan)
Sheriff Antoine Chighizola
Mario Siletti ...
Louis Chighizola


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


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1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Todesbucht von Louisiana  »

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although filmed in the standard 1.37-1 aspect ratio, this film was chosen by Universal-International as its first widescreen 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 U-I's first use of directional stereophonic sound. See more »


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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Opening credits prologue: LOUISIANA 1946 See more »


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Shrimp and oil sauce
6 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Anthony Mann made five movies with James Stewart;my favorites are "the naked spur "and mainly "the man from Laramie" ."Thunder bay " is,IMHO ,the least interesting of the lot.Conceived to be shown on a wide screen for it contains many spectacular scenes (particularly the finale),much of it is lost on a tiny TV screen.Besides ,if James Stewart and Dan Duryea seem to be as thick as thieves ,you cannot say the same about the two love affairs.Joanne Dru is so cold there's no real chemistry between Steve and Stella .Like in "bend of the river" ,Mann shows some interest in economics :oil- drillers against shrimp fishermen,in this case.

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