Thunder (1929)

85 mins | Melodrama | 20 July 1929

Director:

William Nigh

Cinematographer:

Henry Sharp

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, filming began on 9 Mar ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, filming began on 9 Mar 1929. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
14 Jul 1929.
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New York Times
8 Jul 1929
p. 17.
Variety
10 Jul 1929
p. 13.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scen
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DANCE
Dance dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 July 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 6 July 1929
Production Date:
began 9 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP558
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Mus score and sd eff by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
7,783
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

En route to Chicago but running twenty-nine minutes late, train engineer Anderson, nicknamed "Grumpy" because of his single-minded devotion to timetables and railroad protocol, plows through heavy snowdrifts to make up lost time. His son Tommy, who, like his brother Jim, has followed Grumpy into the railroading business, is worked to exhaustion as a fireman on the Chicago run. Grumpy receives orders to tow a private train car but refuses. One of the private car's passengers, a nightclub singer named Zella, hops into the cab of Grumpy's train and flirts with Tommy. Over time, Grumpy's stubborn inflexibility alienates his in-laws. One day, an overworked Jim slips and falls while trying to couple two train cars, and he is run over by another train. Tommy blames Grumpy and the two scuffle on the job, causing a train wreck. Relegated to the railroad machine shop, Grumpy is called to service during the crisis of the Mississippi floods, and he ends up, along with his estranged son, at the throttle of a relief train that blasts through the flooded area, on track often submerged as much as four feet, to save Jim's widow and Zella, who have been stranded in the ... +


En route to Chicago but running twenty-nine minutes late, train engineer Anderson, nicknamed "Grumpy" because of his single-minded devotion to timetables and railroad protocol, plows through heavy snowdrifts to make up lost time. His son Tommy, who, like his brother Jim, has followed Grumpy into the railroading business, is worked to exhaustion as a fireman on the Chicago run. Grumpy receives orders to tow a private train car but refuses. One of the private car's passengers, a nightclub singer named Zella, hops into the cab of Grumpy's train and flirts with Tommy. Over time, Grumpy's stubborn inflexibility alienates his in-laws. One day, an overworked Jim slips and falls while trying to couple two train cars, and he is run over by another train. Tommy blames Grumpy and the two scuffle on the job, causing a train wreck. Relegated to the railroad machine shop, Grumpy is called to service during the crisis of the Mississippi floods, and he ends up, along with his estranged son, at the throttle of a relief train that blasts through the flooded area, on track often submerged as much as four feet, to save Jim's widow and Zella, who have been stranded in the flood. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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