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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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Joseph Standish
Hugh Sanders ...
H.L. Balfour
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Mike Faraday
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Conrad
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Kirby
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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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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Above Average Randolph Scott Western with More Plot than Usual
14 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is True that Randolph Scott Made a Few Good Westerns that were Not Directed by Budd Boetticher and This is One of Them. More Complicated than Most Silly Fifties Westerns that were Synonymous and Shallow.

This is All About Carpet Baggers and Their Stealing from the Good Texan Folks. The Cavalry is On the Scene but have Little Authority Because It Seems that Most of What They Are Doing is Within the Law. But as We're Told by Hokey and Stiff 1950's Style Narration, It's Not Right.

Scott is an Army Captain, a Native Texan and is Conflicted Carrying Out Orders. Lex Barker Shows Up and is Nothing but a Varmint in a Uniform. He Shoots Guys in the Back and has No Problem with Trying to Steal Scott's Wife Played by a Very Cute Phyllis Kirk.

Charles McGraw Turns In His Fedora for a Cowboy Hat as an Antagonist to the Army and the Sleazy Carpet Baggers (Elisha Cook and Hugh Sanders), but Not the Locals. Pay Attention if You Want to Know What Side Everyones On.

Overall, Above Average, In Color (but not Widescreen), Although the Musical Score with a Heavy Emphasis on "Deep in the Heart of Texas" is Irritating. In Fact this is So Texas Centric that a Better and More Accurate Title would have been..."Thunder Over the Texas Plains". Don't Know How They Missed That.


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