Thunder Over the Plains (1953)

Thunder Over the Plains (1953)





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Randolph Scott is as strong and silent as ever in Thunder Over the Plains. The scene is Texas, in the years just following the Civil War. Carpetbaggers have taken hold of the Texas government and imposed a near-dictatorship, hiding behind the legal protection of the Union Army of Occupation. Though his heart belongs to Dixie, Captain David Porter (Scott) is honor-bound to uphold the law of the land, even though it protects criminals and persecutes the innocent. Eventually, Porter reveals his true feelings as he tries to clear Texas patriot Ben Westman (Charles McGraw) from a murder charge framed by villains Standish (Elisha Cook Jr.) and Balfour (Hugh Sanders). Meanwhile, caddish Captain Bill Hodges (Lex Barker) tries to make time with Porter's long-suffering wife Norah (Phyllis Kirk). Perhaps a bit too complicated storywise for western fans, Thunder Over the Plains is right to the point when it comes to the action highlights. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Western , Romance
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Fess Parker
as Kirby
Richard Benjamin
as Sgt. Shaw
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Standish
Randolph Scott
as Captain David Porter
Charles McGraw
as Ben Westman
Henry Hull
as Lt. Col. Chandler
James Brown
as Conrad
Lane Chandler
as Faraday
Hugh Sanders
as Balfour
Phyllis Kirk
as Norah Porter
Lex Barker
as Captain Bill Hodges
Boyd 'Red' Morgan
as Westman Henchman
Trevor Bardette
as Walter Morgan
Charles Horvath
as Cotton Loader
Earle Hodgins
as Auctioneer
Steve Darrell
as McAvoy
Earl Hodgins
as Auctioneer
John McKee
as Texan
Monte Montague
as Radford
Mark Dana
as Lt. Williams
Gayle Kellogg
as Soldier
Frank Matts
as Jurgens
Jack Woody
as Henley
Carl Andre
as Hodges' Sergeant
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Provides characters with more depth than usually found in this genre.

Full Review… | April 11, 2011
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