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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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Capt. David Porter
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Capt. 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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H.L. Balfour
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Mike Faraday
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Conrad
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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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1.37 : 1
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First role for Lex Barker after completing five Tarzan movies. See more »

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When Captain David Porter finds Captain Bill Hodges making advances toward his wife, he has a vicious fight with his junior officer resulting in a bruised and bloody left cheek. The next day, however, the cheek appears to have healed overnight. 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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Texas, 1869, a powder keg waiting to explode.
2 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thunder Over The Plains is directed by André De Toth and written by Russell S. Hughes. It stars Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk, Charles McGraw, Henry Hull & Elisha Cook Jr. Filmed in WarnerColor the exterior photography is by Bert Glennon at the Warner Ranch in Calabasas, and David Buttolph scores the music.

It's 1869, and Texas is still not part of the Union. Carpetbaggers rule the state and criminal activity is high. Captain Porter (Scott), a proud Texan himself, finds he has to carry out orders against his own countrymen. When a man in town is murdered in cold blood, suspicion falls on rogue cowboy Ben Westman (McGraw), but Porter believes he's innocent and strikes a deal to bring him in for a fair trial. However, this sets off a chain of events that leads to Porter himself becoming a wanted man.

Knowing direction, fine acting and a darn good script, all make Thunder Over The Plains essential viewing for the 50s Western fan. The bonus, aside from the impressive support cast, is the story itself. This was a troubled time, a time when only two states were not yet accepted back into the Union post the Civil War. Toth and Hughes paint a murky town, one of corruption, tax oppression and shifty shenanigans. There's even room in the story for strains on the family home of Porter and an attempt at adultery. Throw in the nice colour and scenery, pace it briskly with enjoyable action set-pieces (the shoot out at the end is familiar but excellently done), and it's a fictionalised winner. 7/10


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