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Thunder Bay (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 30 September 1953 (UK)
Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Gil Doud (screenplay), John Michael Hayes (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Steve
Joanne Dru ... Stella Rigaud
Gilbert Roland ... Teche Bossier
Dan Duryea ... Gambi
Jay C. Flippen ... Kermit MacDonald
Marcia Henderson ... Francesca Rigaud
Robert Monet Robert Monet ... Phillipe Bayard
Antonio Moreno ... Dominique Rigaud
Harry Morgan ... Rawlings (as Henry Morgan)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Sheriff Antoine Chighizola
Mario Siletti ... Louis Chighizola
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Storyline

In 1946, ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company, formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business...and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud's two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast, led by Stella Rigaud. Other hazards include sabotage, a hurricane...and a treacherous board of directors. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Brawling, Mauling Story of the Biggest Bonanza of Them All !

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Although filmed in the standard 1.37-1 aspect ratio, this film was chosen by Universal-International as its first widescreen feature, accomplishing this by cropping the top and bottom and projecting it at 1.85-1 at Loew's State Theatre in New York City, as well as other sites. Its initial presentation also marked U-I's first use of directional stereophonic sound. See more »

Goofs

In Steve's cabin on the oil rig, which would realistically only have a port hole as a window, there's such strong shadows of Steve and Kermit (Jay C Flippen) which would only be there if there was a large window. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Gambi: Can you, uh, juggle or anything like that? We might pick up a few bucks.
Steve Martin: I can imitate a movie star.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOUISIANA 1946 See more »

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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

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Louisiana Story
17 December 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The first of two fifties adventure films with heroes called Steve Martin (the second was 'Godzilla' with Raymond Burr)! Shot on location in Morgan City, Louisiana in rich Technicolor (all the better to show off local girl Joanne Dru's vibrant and extremely durable lipstick), this was Jimmy Stewart's first non-western with Anthony Mann; and although easily the least known of their eight films together remains fun.

To 21st Century environmental sensibilities, oil prospectors no longer seem the heroic buccaneering figures they were once portrayed as. The film does acknowledge the disruptive impact Stewart and Duryea have on this sleepy little backwater; as much due simply to being men as oilmen...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunder Bay See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,400,000
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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