In 1876, tired of empty promises of a Land Treaty with the Whites, the Comanche and Kiowa tribes join forces to go on the warpath and forcibly evict all the settlers from their lands. Normally, the Comanche and Kiowa tribes are enemies but decide to put their differences aside for this aim. In the Buffalo Valley region, a U.S. Cavalry troop under the command of Capt. Dave Storm is tasked with the evacuation of white settlers from the area. In order to avert a war with the Indians, Capt. Storm seeks a last-minute pow-wow with the Comanche Chief Growling Bear and the Kiowa Chief Black Eagle but he can only obtain a two-day delay before the Indian attack. Comanche Chief Growling Bear is a man of his word but Kiowa Chief Black Eagle intends to break it. Black Eagle is determined to follow the withdrawing white settlers and attack them while crossing the only withdrawal route through Thunder Pass.The Thunder Pass route seems to be a safe bet since most Indians avoid it due to an old Indian...Written by
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Dane Clark and John Carradine
1954's "Thunder Pass" is a formula Western from low budget Lippert Pictures, naturally shot at the ubiquitous Bronson Canyon. Fresh from two Hammer thrillers in Britain, veteran Dane Clark would soon concentrate solely on television work in series like WIRE SERVICE and BOLD VENTURE. The year is 1876, the Kiowa and Comanche have joined forces to drive the white men from their lands, so Clark's Captain Dave Stone and his cavalry must lead the settlers of Buffalo Valley to safety through Thunder Pass, so named by the Indians who fear it. The fine cast keeps things afloat, as there's precious little action until the rousing climax. Andy Devine is surprisingly sober, Raymond Burr gets to play a good guy, while veteran baddie John Carradine is instantly revealed to be the villainous gunrunner Bergstrom, claiming otherwise as he joins the party, keeping a watchful eye on the injured man blamed for selling Winchester rifles to the Kiowa. Carradine's last Western villain was in 1944's MGM feature "Barbary Coast Gent," and while his work in horror/sci fi would eclipse his frontier movie career, he would be far busier out west on the small screen.
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