Thunder Mountain (1947 film)

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Thunder Mountain
Original film poster
Directed by Lew Landers
Written by Norman Houston
Based on To the Last Man by Zane Grey
Produced by Herman Schlom
Starring Tim Holt
Martha Hyer
Cinematography Jack MacKenzie
Edited byPhilip Martin
Music by Paul Sawtell
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
June 1, 1947 [1]
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$177,000 [2]
Box office$351,000 [2]

Thunder Mountain is a 1947 American Western film directed by Lew Landers and starring Tim Holt and Martha Hyer. It was the first of Holt's 29 post war Western star vehicles [3] and the first in a series of Zane Grey adaptations he made for RKO. [4] It was also the first film of his written by Norman Houston who would go on to write 19 more for the star. [2]


The film began production as To the Last Man but the studio had trouble clearing the title because of a proposed Liberty Films project called The Last Man, so they used the title of the 1935 Zane Grey novel. [5]


A cowboy fights against crooks trying to control his land.



Filming began in October 1946. [6]


The film was made for a relatively high budget for a B Western. This was partly responsible for it making a profit of only $17,000. [2]

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