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Thundering Hoofs (1942)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Music | 24 July 1942 (USA)
Bill Underwood (Tim Holt) falls out with his father (Gordon DeMain) and chooses the life of a cowhand rather than take charge of his father's stage line. He and his pals Smokey Ryan (Ray ... See full summary »

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Lesley Selander

Writer:

Paul Franklin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Bill Underwood
Ray Whitley ... 'Smokey' Ryan
Lee 'Lasses' White Lee 'Lasses' White ... 'Whopper' Hatch
Luana Walters ... Nancy Kellogg
Archie Twitchell ... Steve Farley
Gordon De Main ... Dave Underwood
Charles R. Phipps Charles R. Phipps ... Mr. Kellogg (as Charles Phipps)
Monte Montague ... Slick - Henchman
Joseph E. Bernard Joseph E. Bernard ... Hank - Stage Driver (as Joe Bernard)
Frank Fanning ... Postal Inspector
Fred Scott ... Dave Armstrong
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Carver - Henchman
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Storyline

Bill Underwood (Tim Holt) falls out with his father (Gordon DeMain) and chooses the life of a cowhand rather than take charge of his father's stage line. He and his pals Smokey Ryan (Ray Whitley) and Whopper Hatch (Lee "Lasses" White), on the road to Durango, prevent a holdup of the Kellogg Stage Line, which the elder Underwood has being trying to buy. Underwood's agent, attorney Steve Farley (Archie Twitchell), has been doublecrossing him in the negotiations by misrepresenting the offer. In Durango, Bill finds that Farley has been corrupting the stage drivers working for Kellogg (Charles Phipps) and his daughter Nancy (Luana Walters.) Using the assumed name of Bill Dawson, Bill hires out to drive for the Kelloggs. Farley attempts to plant stolen mail with Bill, but Bill and his pals defeat an ambush intended as part of the plan, but Farley learns his real identity and informs Nancy that he is an Underwood spy. She fires Bill and, in order to save a mail contract, intends to drive the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gun War on the Range! Romance on the Prairie! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cascos Trovejantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Philadelphia Sunday 20 May 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Detroit Saturday 15 September 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), in New York City Sunday 11 November 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), and in Memphis Saturday 15 December 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13). See more »

Soundtracks

Ramble On
Written by Fred Rose and Ray Whitley
Performed by Ray Whitley and his Band
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GOOD WESTERN ACTION
24 December 1999 | by TEXICAN-2See all my reviews

I have seen most of Tim Holt's westerns, and although they used much of the same formula as the other westerns, Tim and crew always made these a little better than most. These were tightly produced Saturday Afternoon fare from RKO Radio Pictures.

In this early entry, he's joined by Smokey, who does the singing (quite well), and Whopper (the comic relief).

One aspect that made this film better was Archie Twitchell's performance as the double dealing lawyer. He was a terrific supporting actor, and at his best as a bad guy. He had a real attitude that made you dislike his character.

There's a couple of fist fights, the bandits only wound the stage driver, and no one, not even a bad guy, gets killed in the shoot out, so the violence level is low for this genre. That makes it pretty safe for the younger crowd to view this show.

Excellent action score by Paul Sawtell, who scored most of Holt's westerns.


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