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Thunder Over the Plains (1953)

Approved | | Romance, War, Western | 27 October 1953 (USA)
In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers.

Director:

André De Toth

Writer:

Russell S. Hughes (as Russell Hughes)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Capt. David Porter
Lex Barker ... Capt. Bill Hodges
Phyllis Kirk ... Norah Porter
Charles McGraw ... Ben Westman
Henry Hull ... Lt. Col. Chandler
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joseph Standish
Hugh Sanders ... H.L. Balfour
Lane Chandler ... Mike Faraday
James Brown ... Conrad
Fess Parker ... Kirby
Mark Dana Mark Dana ... Lt. Williams
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Storyline

It's 1869, Texas has not yet been readmitted to the Union, and carpetbaggers have taken over the state. Federal Captain Porter, a Texan, has to carry out orders against his own people. He brings in the rebel leader whom he knows is innocent of the murder for which he is charged. But in trying to prove his innocence, Porter now finds he is a wanted man. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"Don't go out there Dave! Please don't go out there!" (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come on Texas See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First role for Lex Barker after completing five Tarzan movies. See more »

Goofs

When Captain David Porter finds Captain Bill Hodges making advances toward his wife, he has a vicious fight with his junior officer resulting in a bruised and bloody left cheek. The next day, however, the cheek appears to have healed overnight. See more »

Quotes

Norah Porter: Whatever became of Frances Bilky?
Captain Bill Hodges: I don't know. She married a colonel, I think. Maybe it was a general. At any rate, she outranks all of us.
Norah Porter: But that's wonderful! Now she'll have her lifelong ambition to lead the cotillion. Well, I guess that's what I always wanted too.
Captain Bill Hodges: You don't have anything like that around here, do you, Captain?
Captain David Porter: Oh, I don't know. The Indians come down once a month and dance for us.
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Referenced in They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968) See more »

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Entertaining, a lot of action and great color.
10 December 2006 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This film takes place in Texas after the civil war. The "carpetbaggers" were buying cotton bales for ridiculous prices after it was auctioned. Randolph Scott is Captain Porter who is obliged to maintain the law even though he is really on the side of those who are fighting the carpetbaggers, whose leader is Ben Westman (Charles McGraw). Scott does not resign only because he thinks someone else will be much harsher. When Captain Hodges (Lex Barker) shows up with a different point of view, you know trouble is coming, he even starts seducing Scott's wife Norah (Phyllis Kirk). Entertaining, with a lot of action and great color like most of Scott's films of the fifties.


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