Thunder Below

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Thunder Below
Directed by Richard Wallace
Screenplay by Sidney Buchman
Josephine Lovett
Starring Tallulah Bankhead
Charles Bickford
Paul Lukas
Eugene Pallette
Ralph Forbes
Leslie Fenton
Music bySigmund Krumgold
Stephan Pasternacki
Cinematography Charles Lang
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 17, 1932 (1932-06-17)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Thunder Below is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by Richard Wallace, written by Sidney Buchman and Josephine Lovett, and starring Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Bickford, Paul Lukas, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Forbes and Leslie Fenton. It was released on June 17, 1932, by Paramount Pictures. [1] [2]

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Richard Wallace (director) film director

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Tallulah Bankhead American actress

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Originating some of the 20th century theater's preeminent roles in comedy and melodrama, she gained acclaim as an actress on both sides of the Atlantic. Bankhead became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, and her unique voice and mannerisms are often subject to imitation and parody.

Charles Bickford actor

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Paul Lukas Hungarian-American actor

Paul Lukas was a Hungarian actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film Watch on the Rhine (1943), reprising the role he created on the Broadway stage.

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  1. "Movie Review-Thunder Below - Two Men and a Woman". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  2. "Thunder Below (1932) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 22, 2015.