Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Steve Brodie, Harry Harvey, Tim Holt, Martha Hyer, Tom Keene
Director: Lew Landers
Tim Holt and Richard Martin are paired up again in this classic B-movie Western. This time Holt plays Marvin Harley a rancher who returns to his holding in Arizona to find it jeopardized by the crooked powers-that-be who w... more »
"Tim Holt B-Western Series ... Thunder Mountain (1947) ... R
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 02/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"RKO Radio Pictures present "THUNDER MOUNTAIN" (1947) (60 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- actor Tim Holt graduated to starring his own series of 1940's "B" westerns and to playing solid supporting roles in higher budget features ... At the peak of his career in the 1940's "B" westerns, he was the "fastest draw" in the movies with the ability to draw his revolver in five frames of film (slightly over one sixth of a second) ... From 1941-43 and 1948-52 Tim Holt was a top ten box office star ... Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.
Under Lew Landers (Director), Herman Schlom (Producer), Zane Grey (author of novel), Norman Houston (screenplay), Paul Sawtell (Original Score), Jack MacKenzie (Cinematographer), Philip Martin (Editor), Charles F. Pyke (Art Direction), Albert S. D'Agostino(Art Direction), Darrell Silvera (Set Decoration), John Pommer (Second Unit Director), Roy Granville (Sound Department), John C. Grubb (Sound Department), Russell A. Cully (Special Effects) ------ the cast includes Tim Holt (Marvin Hayden), Richard Martin (Chito Rafferty), Martha Hyer (Ellie Jorth), Steve Brodie (Chick Jorth), Virginia Owen (Ginger Kelly), Jason Robards Sr. (Jim Gardner), Harry Woods (Trimble Carson), Tom Keene/Richard Powers (Johnny Blue), Robert Clarke (Lee Jorth), Harry Harvey (Sheriff Bagley), Dick Elliott (Express Agent Dick), Dick Foote (Eddie), Allen Lee (Jim, Stagecoach Driver) ------ the story line is the classic tale from the pen of Zane Grey, filmed on Lone Pine and with a fine cast has Tim Holt with sidekick Richard Martin riding the trail of action and adventure ... Harry Woods (The Best of the Badmen) is the lead baddie with a brewing feud between the Haydens and Jorths, both families at each others throats ... Marvin Hayden (Holt) and Ellie Jorth (Martha Hyer) have announced their engagement which doesn't set well with the families and the plans of the culprits stirring up all the trouble ... based on the 1922 novel "To The Last Man" by Zane Grey this RKO gives us the best they have with an outstanding director and camera work ... take note two veteran B-Western actors Tom Keene and Steve Brodie bring realism to this classic oater --- from June 1947 until June 1952 this is the first of Tim Holt's 29 postwar B-Westerns --- great stunt work by the RKO stunt personnel David Sharpe (stunt double: Steve Brodie) --- don't leave the theater until the final scene ... another winner from the vaults of RKO Radio Pictures --- this is a must watch for the B-Westerns fans in all of us.
1. Tim Holt (aka: Charles John Holt III)
Date of birth: 5 February 1918 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Date of death: 15 February 1973 - Shawnee, Oklahoma
Special footnote, Tim Holt had one of the leading roles in the Orson Welles 1942 drama,
"The Magnificent Ambersons" but the following year he became a decorated combat veteran
of World War II, flying in the Pacific theatre with the United States Army Air Forces as a B-29
bombardier. Tim Holt would return to filming after the war, appearing as "Virgil Earp" to Henry Fonda's,
"Wyatt Earp" in director John Ford's Western, "My Darling Clementine". Holt would next be cast in the role
that he is probably most remembered for and a film where his father appeared in a small part. Tim Holt portrayed
"Bob Curtin" next to the Humphrey Bogart character of "Fred C. Dobbs" in John Huston's classic, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre".
Made in 1946, Holt did another four Western films before "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" would be released in 1948. Tim Holt made
two dozen more Western films until 1952 when the genre's popularity waned. He would be absent from the screen for five years until starring in a less than successful horror film in 1957 then appeared in only two more uninspiring motion pictures during the next fourteen years.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
2. Richard Martin
Date of birth: 12 December 1917 - Spokane, Washington
Date of death: 4 September 1994 - Newport Beach, California
Special footnote, Richard Martin an American actor began appearing in films under
contract to RKO in the early 1940s. Martin created the character of
Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamonte Rafferty, the Irish-Mexican comic sidekick
of cowboy star Tim Holt, in the 1943 film "Bombardier", Martin played the character
in a series of 29 films through the early 1950s.Martin married actress Elaine Riley,
who co-starred with him in several films, retired from the screen to work in the
insurance business in the early 1950s.
3. Lew Landers (Director)
Date of birth: 2 January 1901 - New York, New York
Date of death: 16 December 1962 - Palm Desert, California
4. Zane Grey (aka: Pearl Zane Grey)
Date of birth: 31 January 1872 - Zanesville, Ohio
Date of death: 23 October 1939 - Altadena, California
Special footnote, Zane Grey Prolific American writer and pioneer of Western as a new literary genre
Grey's most famous book is "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1912), Inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners
of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1977.
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out VCI Entertainment where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns and Serials --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 60 min on DVD ~ Lions Gate Video ~ (2/07/2006)"
Mamie Thomas | usa | 01/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Classic B western. Tim Holt was up to par. A Zane Grey western that is good(for the time is was written) like all his. If you are not a B western fan then you would not like this one."