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Thunderbolt (1929)

Thunderbolt (1929)

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Thunderbolt was Josef von Sternberg's first American talking picture. George Bancroft, a von Sternberg regular (despite frequents clashes between the two men), plays a death row inmate who may be on the eve of eternity, but who has still one more murder on his mind. He plans to kill the young lover (Richard Arlen) of his former girl friend (Fay Wray); fortuitously the lover is incarcerated in the same prison where Bancroft awaits the chair.

Cast

George Bancroft
as Thunderbolt Jim Lang
Richard Arlen
as Bob Morgan
Fay Wray
as Ritzy
Eugénie Besserer
as Mrs. Morgan
James Spottswood
as `Snapper' O'Shea
Fred Kohler
as `Bad Al' Friedberg
Robert Elliott
as Prison Chaplain
E.H. Calvert
as District Attorney McKay
George Irving
as Mr. Corwin, Bank Officer
Mike Donlin
as Kentucky Sampson
S.S. Stewart
as Convict
William L. Thorne
as Police Inspector
King Tut
as The dog
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Critic Reviews for Thunderbolt

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

A museum piece, then, for Sternberg completists only.

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…

There is nothing edifying about this production, and it is hardly an entertainment.

October 3, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

This one is foolish.

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Probably the most underrated of Josef von Sternberg's sound pictures.

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Brilliantly filmed tale of romance and the underworld.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The first talkie by Josef Von Sternberg.

October 29, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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