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Thundering Hoofs (1924)

 -  Western  -  26 October 1924 (USA)
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The border bandit Severn is after Estrada's money. He not only gets Estrada to promise his daughter to him in marriage but he also convinces him that Dave Marshall is the bandit. When Dave ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Thomson ...
Dave Marshall
Silver King the Horse ...
Silver King - Dave's Horse
Ann May ...
Carmelita Estrada
William Lowery ...
Luke Severn
Fred Huntley ...
John Marshall
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Don Juan Estrada (as Charles Mailes)
Charles De Ravenne ...
Don Carlos
Carrie Clark Ward ...
Duenna
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The border bandit Severn is after Estrada's money. He not only gets Estrada to promise his daughter to him in marriage but he also convinces him that Dave Marshall is the bandit. When Dave shows up to expose Severn, he is jailed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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F.B.O. Presents Fred Thomson And His Remarkable Horse SILVER KING In a Wild-Riding Straight-Shooting Romance Of The Golden West!

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26 October 1924 (USA)  »

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On the last day of shooting, Fred Thomson was badly injured while filming a horse-to-horse transfer in the runaway stagecoach scene. Thomson and a horse both fell to the ground during a turn in the path, and the stagecoach (carrying four crew members and additional weights to keep it steady) drove over him. The scene was finished by stuntman Yakima Canutt and Thomson's fall was incorporated into the scene. See more »

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Decent Silent Western
5 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Thundering Hoofs (1924)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent Western has good guy Dave Marshall (Fred Thomson) framed by bad guy Luke Severn (William Lowery). The battle goes to Mexico where Marshall has fallen in love with a beautiful Senorita (Ann May) but her father is under the impression that he's a bad guy so he must clear his name and defeat the bad one as well. This plot detail sounds like hundreds of other "B" movies that the genre would release at one per week once the 1930s came along. It's somewhat hard not looking at this film as being unoriginal but I'm going to guess that the plot was somewhat fresher in 1924, although today it comes off terribly dated due to all the other films that have been released since. Overall I had a decent time with the movie, although much like those "B" Westerns of the 30s, you're not going to be missing a Holy Grail if you decide not to watch it. The most memorable sequence in the film is when a robbery goes wrong and the stagecoach carrying the woman goes off on its own and Marshall must ride up to it and jump onto the horses. This scene was featured in the Hollywood documentary as the stuntman was seriously injured and it's easy to see why as the accident footage is still in the film. You can still clearly see where he misjudged his jump and ended up going under the stagecoach. This action scene is without question the highlight of the film. Fred Thomson was one of the bigger names in the genre back in the day but this was my first time seeing him. It's hard to judge someone by just one film but I thought he was mildly entertaining and at least was able to carry himself in front of the camera. Lowery is pretty good as the bad guy who hates the horse Silver King. Yes, even this era of Westerns had the special horse. Silver King isn't any better or worse than the various other horses out there but he certainly takes a beating in a few scenes including the over-the-top ending where our bad guy throws him into a bull ring. In the end there's not enough to recommend this to general or casual fans but I think those interesting in the genre will probably find enough to keep them entertained.


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