|Directed by||Lew Landers|
|Written by||Norman Houston|
|Based on||novel by Zane Grey|
|Starring|| Tim Holt |
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
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 vehiclesand the first in a series of Zane Grey adaptations he made for RKO. It was also the first film of his written by Norman Houston who would go on to write 19 more for the star.
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.
A cowboy fights against crooks trying to control his land.
Filming began in October 1946.
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.
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