Thunder on the Hill (1951)





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In this melodrama, an English nun befriends a convicted murderess and becomes convinced that the woman is innocent of slaying her brother. Unfortunately, the woman is sentenced to hang and the nun must hurry to prove her innocence.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Claudette Colbert
as Sister Mary Bonaventure
Ann Blyth
as Valerie Carns
Robert Douglas
as Dr. Edward Jeffreys
Anne Crawford
as Isabel Jeffreys
Philip Friend
as Sidney Kingham
Gladys Cooper
as Mother Superior
Michael Pate
as Willie
John Abbott
as Abel Harmer
Connie Gilchrist
as Sister Josephine
Gavin Muir
as Melling
Phyllis Stanley
as Nurse Phillips
Norma Varden
as Pierce
Valerie Cardew
as Nurse Colby
Queenie Leonard
as Mrs. Smithson
Pat O'Moore
as Mr. Smithson
Patrick O'Moore
as Mr. Smithson
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Critic Reviews for Thunder on the Hill

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

The whole thing is solemn and perfunctory, when all is said and done, and it leaves one wondering upon what sort of evidence that poor girl was originally condemned.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

A pouring rainstorm keeps the drama properly claustrophobic, and Sirk handles the conventions of the mystery with characteristic finesse.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Minor, but nonetheless fascinating, work of Sirk.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
TV Guide

Intense melodrama about a nun solving a murder.

Full Review… | March 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Thunder on the Hill


Poor unjustly accused Annie is headed to the gallows but waylaid by a flood bringing into the sphere of saintly Sister Claudette who senses something is awry. Loaded with high quality performers this is a bit preposterous but Sirk's steady hand in the director chair and the sincere work of the cast keep it from seeming outlandish.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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