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Thunder Over the Plains (1953)

Approved | | Romance, War, Western | 27 October 1953 (USA)
In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers.

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Captain David Porter
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Captain Bill Hodges
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Norah Porter
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Ben Westman
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Lt. Col. Chandler
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Joseph Standish
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H.L. Balfour
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Mike Faraday
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Conrad
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Mark Dana ...
Lt. Williams
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It's 1869, Texas has not yet been readmitted to the Union, and carpetbaggers have taken over the state. Federal Captain Porter, a Texan, has to carry out orders against his own people. He brings in the rebel leader whom he knows is innocent of the murder for which he is charged. But in trying to prove his innocence, Porter now finds he is a wanted man. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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IN THE HEART AND DUST A Prairie Town Waited. A Storm Was Brewing...A Storm Named Dave Porter...And When He Hit, It Would Rain Nothing But Lead! (original poster) See more »

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Romance | War | Western

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Come on Texas  »

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1.37 : 1
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First role for Lex Barker after completing five Tarzan movies. See more »

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The Cavalry men are seen using Cold Model 1873 pistols in a movie that takes place in 1869. See more »

Quotes

Norah Porter: Whatever became of Frances Bilky?
Captain Bill Hodges: I don't know. She married a colonel, I think. Maybe it was a general. At any rate, she outranks all of us.
Norah Porter: But that's wonderful! Now she'll have her lifelong ambition to lead the cotillion. Well, I guess that's what I always wanted too.
Captain Bill Hodges: You don't have anything like that around here, do you, Captain?
Captain David Porter: Oh, I don't know. The Indians come down once a month and dance for us.
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Referenced in They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968) See more »

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Thunderation - just whose side is everybody on?
9 September 2013 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

There's just too many baddies in this film for me to consider this as anything other than an average Randolph Scott Western. Even the nearly-good people have perverse traits – who the Hell are we supposed to care about!

Tale set in post Civil War Texas where carpetbaggers ruled almost supreme, and the occupying Federal troops seemed to let them. There's a gang of patriotic outlaws led by a Robin Hood character trying to redress the balance and a complicated set of sympathies and antagonisms with which to contend. And Lex Barker was playing a nutter. But if I correctly remember my extensive Frank Yerby reading when I was a kid surely in reality the Ku Klux Klan couldn't have been far away in matters of this kind in their role of Southern saviours? There's time in this shortish formula fiction film for lots of plot twists, cold business, love, jealousy, rage, backstabbings, murders galore, some honour and integrity, all of it delivered with plenty of panache, a nice colour and sporadically excellent camera-work.

It's enjoyable hokum up to a point but ultimately loses its way because there's no one you can really root for but many you can root against. Naturally, Scott is as dependable as usual.


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