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The Thundering Herd (1933)

Passed | | Western | 1 March 1933 (USA)
Both Sprague and Jett and their crews are hunting buffalo. Doan is with Sprague and is looking for the Jett outfit where his girlfriend Milly is being held against her will. In addition to ... See full summary »


Henry Hathaway


Zane Grey (original story), Jack Cunningham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Tom Doan
Judith Allen ... Milly Fayre
Buster Crabbe ... Bill Hatch
Noah Beery ... Randall Jett
Raymond Hatton ... Jude Pilchuck
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Jane Jett (as Blanche Frederici)
Harry Carey ... Clark Sprague
Monte Blue ... Smiley
Barton MacLane ... Pruitt
Al Bridge ... Catlee - Pruitt's Henchman
Dick Rush Dick Rush ... Middlewest
Frank Rice ... Blacksmith
Buck Connors ... Buffalo Hunter
Charles McMurphy Charles McMurphy ... Andrews
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Both Sprague and Jett and their crews are hunting buffalo. Doan is with Sprague and is looking for the Jett outfit where his girlfriend Milly is being held against her will. In addition to the thieving Jett who is stealing Sprague's furs, the Indians are gathering to attack all the white buffalo hunters. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Buffalo stampedes...Indian attacks...Plundering bandits...He braved them all when he rode into the badlands...and rode out with a beautiful girl! (original poster) See more »





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The Thundering Herd is a remake of the 1925 film The Thundering Herd starring Jack Holt. Both Noah Beery, Sr. and Raymond Hatton appeared in that films. Scenes from the earlier version were used in this version and required Randolph Scott to have a pencil-thin mustache to match Jack Holt. See more »


During the first scene between Randolph Scott and Buster Crabbe, the shadow of the boom mike is clearly visible on both actors. See more »


Milly Fayre: Mother, where's Jeff?
Mrs. Jane Jett: I'm not your mother. Call me Jane if the name Mrs. Jett makes yuh jealous.
Milly Fayre: Jealous? Why I don't know what you mean.
Mrs. Jane Jett: You're no more related to Jett than I am
Milly Fayre: I've never claimed to be.
Mrs. Jane Jett: Hunh... I guess Jett's just as glad of that as you are, but you needn't worry about it... just as long as I'm alive. Why don't you take up with one of the boys. You still could get one redy enough to fight your step-father off when he gets 'funny.'
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Taking a Look at "The Thundering Herd"
13 January 2020 | by glennstenbSee all my reviews

As I look over the several reviews that are available about "The Thundering Herd," what hits me first is that there is such a wide range of opinion about it, from bad all the way to great. Some say the acting is great, some say bad. So, if my review were the only one present for someone who wants to get an idea about whether he or she should take a look at the film, the following is what I would say. I think it is a good film, and worth the while of fans of westerns to take a look at it for two reasons. For starters, fans of filmed westerns should take a look at it to get a flavor of Zane Grey's work, for he is the father of the old West as portrayed in literature and the media. The detail that is portrayed in this movie of western life in the buffalo days is more detailed than one will see in 99% of B-Westerns, and that is because the story originates with Zane Grey. Rarely do you see wagon trains' and buffalo hunting parties' procedures and equipment portrayed with such care as in this movie. Zane Grey's western books are very detailed and exciting, and fans of westerns should certainly read at least one of them, if not more. Second, fans of westerns can use "The Thundering Herd" to begin to make comparisons of how simple B-Westerns of the early and mid- 1930's stack up to higher-end westerns from the larger studios during the same era. This is not an A-level Western, but it is a cut above the typical "B" and does draw together a more substantial and authoritative cast than the typical "B" and it also tries to present a story with greater breadth and import than the B's. Some of the action even takes place in the snow, which is a rarity in filmed westerns of the 1930's. But because it isn't an A-level film the producers also tried to cut corners and inserted a lot of stock footage, especially of buffalo and Indians, from earlier films. This is a dramatic film, and some of the moments in the culminating scene, and elsewhere in the film, too, are surprisingly brutal. If this film had been attempted a few years later, it probably would have been less grim and the various relationships within it a little more fully explored. Randolph Scott was a young chap, just coming along in the business, but this is not a Randolph Scott "hero" film like studios produced with the likes of Bob Steele or Buck Jones during the same era. Scott in this film is integral to the movie, and is the star, yes, but other people are doing and contributing important things in this film, too. I really enjoyed the opening scene, which in setting the stage seems to be chillingly realistic, with an overview of some ramshackle buildings nestled in a smoky glen all a-bustle with wagons and horses getting outfitted for the start of the hunting trips, with trading post owner Sprague (Harry Carey) making his way among and talking with the busy folks down there. Then the scene quickly changes to one of the most exciting "you-are-there" kind of stagecoach rides one will ever see! Thank you director Henry Hathaway for getting us underway. You will also see Noah Beery in one of his most vile and disturbing roles. So go ahead and watch the film, and see if you think the middle and ending of the film keep apace with the beginning! Maybe you will, maybe you won't, but I do indeed think it is a worthwhile western to see.

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1 March 1933 (USA) See more »

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Buffalo Stampede See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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