Galloping Thunder (1946)

54 mins | Western | 25 April 1946

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writer:

Ed Earl Repp

Producer:

Colbert Clark

Cinematographer:

George Kelley

Editor:

Dick Fantl

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Bronco Busters . For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid ... More Less

The working title of this film was Bronco Busters . For additional information on "The Durango Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry below for The Return of the Durango Kid . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 May 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 45
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Dec 45
p. 2778.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 May 46
p. 3006.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Unit mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Fife," "Gettin' Some Sleep" and "The Wind Sings a Cowboy Song," music and lyrics by Smiley Burnette
"Texas Home Here I Come," music and lyrics by Merle Travis and Tex Atchinson.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Bronco Busters
Release Date:
25 April 1946
Production Date:
21 June--29 June 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 April 1946
Copyright Number:
LP276
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11037
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1880, Steve Reynolds, a field agent for the Arizona Stockmen's Syndicate, is sent to Splitrock, Arizona, to investigate a series of horse rustlings. Unknown to the rustlers, Steve is the famed Durango Kid, the masked enemy of all outlaws. When word of Steve's mission reaches Grat Hanlon, president of the Splitrock Exchange Bank and secret leader of the outlaw gang, he orders some of his men to ambush the field agent. The henchmen, however, make a mistake and instead ambush Smiley Burnette, a singing bronco buster and a pal of Steve's, who is on his way to Splitrock in the hope of capturing the outlaw gang and getting the reward offered for their capture. Dressed in his Durango Kid disguise, Steve rescues Smiley and then rides away. Believing that Splitrock will soon be burying members of the outlaw gang now that The Durango Kid is after them, Smiley decides to begin an undertaking business there. Soon after arriving in Splitrock, Steve meets Jud Temple, the daughter of the late owner of the Flying T Ranch. Jud resents Steve's suggestion that Hanlon, her fiancé, is the man behind the rustlings. To turn the town against The Durango Kid, Hanlon orders one of his men to disguise himself as the masked man and hold up his bank. Immediately following the fake bank robbery, Hanlon tells Jud and others that The Durango Kid fled with the money. Though the fake Durango Kid escapes, Steve eventually captures another Hanlon henchman, Regan, and recovers the stolen money. Back in Splitrock, as Hanlon spreads word that The Durango Kid robbed his bank, Steve asks Jud to arrange another horse delivery to ... +


In 1880, Steve Reynolds, a field agent for the Arizona Stockmen's Syndicate, is sent to Splitrock, Arizona, to investigate a series of horse rustlings. Unknown to the rustlers, Steve is the famed Durango Kid, the masked enemy of all outlaws. When word of Steve's mission reaches Grat Hanlon, president of the Splitrock Exchange Bank and secret leader of the outlaw gang, he orders some of his men to ambush the field agent. The henchmen, however, make a mistake and instead ambush Smiley Burnette, a singing bronco buster and a pal of Steve's, who is on his way to Splitrock in the hope of capturing the outlaw gang and getting the reward offered for their capture. Dressed in his Durango Kid disguise, Steve rescues Smiley and then rides away. Believing that Splitrock will soon be burying members of the outlaw gang now that The Durango Kid is after them, Smiley decides to begin an undertaking business there. Soon after arriving in Splitrock, Steve meets Jud Temple, the daughter of the late owner of the Flying T Ranch. Jud resents Steve's suggestion that Hanlon, her fiancé, is the man behind the rustlings. To turn the town against The Durango Kid, Hanlon orders one of his men to disguise himself as the masked man and hold up his bank. Immediately following the fake bank robbery, Hanlon tells Jud and others that The Durango Kid fled with the money. Though the fake Durango Kid escapes, Steve eventually captures another Hanlon henchman, Regan, and recovers the stolen money. Back in Splitrock, as Hanlon spreads word that The Durango Kid robbed his bank, Steve asks Jud to arrange another horse delivery to the Cavalry. Steve then tells Smiley that he plans to find out the truth about Hanlon by pretending to be a rustler and joining his gang. A short time later, Steve, using the name Buck McCloud, attends a meeting in which Hanlon offers his depositors a reward for rejecting the syndicate and giving him the their business. During the meeting, Steve slips out and throws a note through the window warning the ranchers that Hanlon is planning to steal their money. Despite their renewed trust in The Durango Kid, the ranchers agree to let Hanlon lead the next horse delivery to the Cavalry. Realizing that Hanlon is planning to stampede the horses at Oro Canyon, Steve tries, but fails, to persuade Jud to instead send her horses through Wagon Wheel Pass. Steve manages to prevent the stampede, however, by changing into his Durango Kid disguise and instructing Jud to ride ahead of the horses and head off the rustlers. When Jud and the ranchers encounter Hanlon's gang, a gun battle ensues, and Steve captures Hanlon. With the outlaws defeated, Steve changes out of his Durango Kid disguise and returns to work as the syndicate field agent. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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