Thunder Pass (1954)

76 or 78 mins | Western | 20 August 1954

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HISTORY

According to HR news items and production charts, filming of this picture took place at KTTV television studios in Hollywood and on location in Apple Valley, ... More Less

According to HR news items and production charts, filming of this picture took place at KTTV television studios in Hollywood and on location in Apple Valley, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Aug 1954.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 1954.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 May 54
p. 6, 7
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 54
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Sep 54
p. 154.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief elec
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Set cont
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 August 1954
Production Date:
began mid May 1954 at KTTV Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 September 1954
Copyright Number:
LP4056
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76 or 78
Length(in feet):
7,025
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17081
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1876, a U.S. Cavalry troop under the command of Capt. Storm prepares to evacuate white settlers from the Buffalo Valley region in the Southwest in advance of a possible Comanche and Kiowa Indian attack. Once enemies, the Comanche and Kiowa tribes have ended their feud and are now banded together to fight the injustices of the "white man." Hoping to avert bloodshed, Storm meets with Indian chiefs Growling Bear and Black Eagle, but the "powwow" turns violent when Growling Bear's son, Running Deer, engages the captain in a knife fight to defend his father's honor. Storm quickly subdues the young Comanche, and then secures a promise from Growling Bear to hold off his planned attack for two more days. Storm believes that two days is sufficient time to evacuate the area of settlers if negotiations between the Indians and a soon-to-arrive U.S. Government emissary end in failure. With the help of "Injun," a white scout reared by Sioux Indians, Storm and his cavalrymen begin gathering the settlers of Buffalo Valley for the treacherous journey to safety across Thunder Pass. Among those being escorted out of the valley are Tulsa, a prospector; Charity, a pretty young woman who falls in love with Corporal Riga; Murdock, an embittered and rebellious woman whose father was killed in a previous Indian massacre; a seriously wounded man named Dalstead; and Bergstrom, a mysterious St. Louis skin trader. Soon after leaving Buffalo Valley, Bergstrom secretly signals some Indians who are trailing the caravan to attack the gun wagon and steal the horses. The situation for evacuees grows worse when it is discovered that their water supply has been salted. Some ... +


In 1876, a U.S. Cavalry troop under the command of Capt. Storm prepares to evacuate white settlers from the Buffalo Valley region in the Southwest in advance of a possible Comanche and Kiowa Indian attack. Once enemies, the Comanche and Kiowa tribes have ended their feud and are now banded together to fight the injustices of the "white man." Hoping to avert bloodshed, Storm meets with Indian chiefs Growling Bear and Black Eagle, but the "powwow" turns violent when Growling Bear's son, Running Deer, engages the captain in a knife fight to defend his father's honor. Storm quickly subdues the young Comanche, and then secures a promise from Growling Bear to hold off his planned attack for two more days. Storm believes that two days is sufficient time to evacuate the area of settlers if negotiations between the Indians and a soon-to-arrive U.S. Government emissary end in failure. With the help of "Injun," a white scout reared by Sioux Indians, Storm and his cavalrymen begin gathering the settlers of Buffalo Valley for the treacherous journey to safety across Thunder Pass. Among those being escorted out of the valley are Tulsa, a prospector; Charity, a pretty young woman who falls in love with Corporal Riga; Murdock, an embittered and rebellious woman whose father was killed in a previous Indian massacre; a seriously wounded man named Dalstead; and Bergstrom, a mysterious St. Louis skin trader. Soon after leaving Buffalo Valley, Bergstrom secretly signals some Indians who are trailing the caravan to attack the gun wagon and steal the horses. The situation for evacuees grows worse when it is discovered that their water supply has been salted. Some members of the caravan protest Storm's decision to carry the unconscious Dalstead across the pass, insisting that it will cause the caravan to slow down. Storm, however, begins to distrust Bergstrom's motives, and suspects that Dalstead may be the government emissary sent to negotiate the peace treaty. As the caravan approaches Thunder Pass, Bergstrom leads some of the others in a rebellion against Storm, challenging his leadership and his decision to take Dalstead along at all costs. Bergstrom's attempt to take over command of the caravan ends in failure when Storm, the only one who knows the way to safety, refuses to guide the group if Dalstead is left to die. When the caravan finally reaches the pass, only a hostile Indian war party is waiting for them. A fierce gun battle ensues, during which Dalstead regains consciousness long enough to tell Storm that he is, indeed, the government agent, and that the food shipment for which the Indians are waiting has been sent to Fort Terahawk. Bergstrom is exposed as the actual gunrunner and a traitor when he is caught trying to shoot Dalstead, and Tulsa shoots and kills Bergstrom as he tries to flee. Shortly afterward, Growling Bear arrives and orders a halt to the Indian attack. With Storm's reassurance that the food shipment will be at Fort Terahawk, Growling Bear offers the caravan a guarantee of safe passage to the fort. Nearing the end of the journey, Storm looks forward to his next assignment and insists that Murdock accompany him. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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