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Rock Hudson ... Michael Martin

Barbara Rush ... Aga Doherty
Jeff Morrow ... John Doherty, aka Capt. Thunderbolt
Kathleen Ryan ... Lady Anne More

Finlay Currie ... Callahan
Denis O'Dea ... Regis Donnell
Geoffrey Toone ... Captain Hood
Hilton Edwards ... Lord Glen
Sheila Brennan ... Waitress
Harry Goldblatt ... Brady
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Dan Shanley (as Charles FitzSimons)
Christopher Casson ... Lord Clonmell
Philip O'Flynn ... Trim
Shay Gorman ... Tim Keenan
Kenneth MacDonald ... Desmond (High Steward) (as Kenneth Mac Donald)
Robert Bernal ... Clagett
Louise Studley ... Cathy
J.G. Devlin ... Tuer O'Brien (as James Devlin)
Mike Nolan ... Willie the Goat
Edward Aylward ... Big Tom
Lord Mount Charles ... English Gentleman
Lady Mount Charles ... English Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Blankley ... The Dragoon (uncredited)
Peter Dix ... Dragoon lieutenant (uncredited)
Paul Farrell ... The Magistrate (uncredited)
Nigel Fitzgerald ... Sir George Bracey (uncredited)
Aiden Grennell ... The Umpire (uncredited)
Edward Lexy ... Army general (uncredited)
Oliver McGauley ... Shamus O'Neill (uncredited)
Austin Meldon ... Sir Edward Grant (uncredited)
Sean Mooney ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Philomena Tubridy ... Ballroom flirt (uncredited)
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Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
Writing credits
W.R. Burnett (novel)

W.R. Burnett  and
Oscar Brodney 

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Irving Glassberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Eric Orbom 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Hans J. Salter .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Betty Adams .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Charles B. Fitzsimons .... supervisor: Irish location shooting (uncredited)
Basil Rathbone .... fencing instructor (uncredited)
Jeanne Saintenoy .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles (uncredited)
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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Original Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, 26 May 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, and Jeff Morrow came over from America to appear with a cast of Irish players starring in Captain Lightfoot. It's a story of Ireland in the post Napoleonic era with the dashing Captain Thunderbolt looking for a successor to carry on with banditry and villainy all in the cause of a free Ireland.

Morrow is the legendary Thunderbolt getting on in years and when in the guise of a parson spots young Rock Hudson taking on a British dragoon. That was it, Morrow has found his man.

He also finds his son-in-law as well as his daughter Barbara Rush eventually falls for Hudson who after a period where she thinks of him as a country bumpkin, starts falling for him. She names his Lightfoot because of lack of ability on the dance floor. There relationship is not approved of by Morrow and first and Rush is a spitfire. There's a lot of borrowing from The Taming Of The Shrew here.

Hudson seems a bit ill at ease in a part that a young Errol Flynn would have gone to town with. Also if you've seen Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in The Fighting O'Flynn with that kind of élan Fairbanks brought to the part it was a shame he was about 15 years too old for the role.

Rush and Morrow are great and the Irish locations and the talents of the supporting cast, many of them members of the Abbey Theater really do make the film a visual treat and a treat for the ears. The finale involving storming the castle at Ballymoor is well staged.

He wasn't well cast, but the role did no harm to the rising career of Rock Hudson.

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