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Thunder on the Hill (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 October 1951 (USA)
Convicted murderess Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth) is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette ... See full summary »

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Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Sister Mary Bonaventure
Ann Blyth ... Valerie Carns
Robert Douglas ... Dr. Edward Jeffreys
Anne Crawford ... Isabel Jeffreys
Philip Friend ... Sidney Kingham
Gladys Cooper ... Mother Superior
Michael Pate ... Willie
John Abbott ... Abel Harmer
Connie Gilchrist ... Sister Josephine
Gavin Muir ... Melling
Phyllis Stanley ... Nurse Phillips
Norma Varden ... Pierce
Valerie Cardew Valerie Cardew ... Nurse Colby
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Smithson
Patrick O'Moore ... Mr. Smithson
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Convicted murderess Valerie Carns (Ann Blyth) is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary (Claudette Colbert) becomes convinced of her innocence and sets out to find the real killer. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Six desperate people...hiding one guilty secret!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schwester Maria Bonaventura See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 9, 1953 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. See more »

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Claudette can't play a nun
19 May 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Claudette Colbert is far too pretty and made-up to play a nun. She's one of my favorites, but she just can't pull it off. So, in Thunder on the Hill, with her Harlequin eyebrows, her glossy lips, and her passionate tearful expressions, she doesn't pull off being a nun. Nuns are a different kind of people, and they have a constant hold over their emotions. Remember the difference between Julie Andrews and Peggy Wood in The Sound of Music? Claudette is much more Julie than Peggy.

Granted, early in the film, she shares with Mother Superior, played by Gladys Cooper, that she harbors guilt and upsetness over her sister's suicide, but that doesn't mean she should act like a normal, emotional person for the rest of the film. If Claudette were a novice, like Julie Andrews, or a nurse volunteering at the church during the storm, she would have done a wonderful job, as she usually does.

Trapped by an unexpected flood, a woman condemned to hang, Ann Blyth, stays in a church. One of the nuns believes she's innocent and tries to help prove her case before it's too late. If you think this sounds interesting, you can rent it. However, almost everyone in the film overacts, leading me to believe director Douglas Sirk intended them to. Ann has a very small part, even though the plot revolves around her, and someone really should have rewritten the movie to make Claudette a nurse.


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