Thunder Mountain (1947 film)

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Thunder Mountain
Directed by Lew Landers
Written by Norman Houston
Based on novel by Zane Grey
Starring Tim Holt
Martha Hyer
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 1946 (1946-05-14)(US) [1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$177,000 [2]
Box office$351,000 [2]

Thunder Mountain is a 1947 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 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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