|Thunder in the Sun|
|Directed by||Russell Rouse|
|Produced by||Clarence Greene|
|Written by||Russell Rouse|
|Based on||story by James Hill|
|Starring|| Susan Hayward |
|Music by||Cyril J. Mockridge|
|Edited by||Chester W. Schaeffer|
Seven Arts Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|April 8, 1959|
|Box office||$1.8 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
Thunder in the Sun is a 1959 western film directed by Russell Rouse and starring Susan Hayward and Jeff Chandler.
The film shows a family of French Basque immigrants pioneering into the Wild West while carrying their ancestral vines. Hard drinking trail driver Lon Bennett is hired to lead them and he falls for the spirited Gabrielle Dauphin.
The film is infamous among Basques for its misunderstandings of Basque customs, such as the use of the xistera (a device of the jai alai sport) as a weapon or shouting irrintzi ululations as meaningful communication.[ citation needed ] Other commentators, though, have noted the well staged action scenes, the absorbing story, and the excellent cinematography. Which is a marvel since 90% of the lead actors scenes were shot in a studio with projected backgrounds.
The film was made by Seven Arts Productions and acquired by Paramount for distribution.It was the company's third film, after Gunrunners and Ten Seconds to Hell . It was known during filming as Between the Thunder and the Sun and The Gun and the Arrow.
Filming started 21 July 1958 with location work in Mount Whitney.
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