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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.


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 (7) | Top Critics (4)

A museum piece, then, for Sternberg completists only.

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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

October 3, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

This one is foolish.

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

October 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The first talkie by Josef Von Sternberg.

October 29, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Serving as proof that Josef von Sternberg did make fine films before The Blue Angel, Thunderbolt is a bizarre gangster picture which is as much a romance as a thriller.

October 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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