Thunder in the Sun

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Thunder in the Sun
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Directed by Russell Rouse
Produced by Clarence Greene
Written byRussell Rouse
Stewart Stern
Based onstory by James Hill
Guy Trosper
Starring Susan Hayward
Jeff Chandler
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Chester W. Schaeffer
Seven Arts Productions
Carrolton Inc
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
April 8, 1959
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.8 million (est. US/ Canada rentals) [1]
Jacques Bergerac as Pepe Dauphin Jacques bergerac.jpg
Jacques Bergerac as Pepe Dauphin

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. [2] It was the company's third film, after Gunrunners and Ten Seconds to Hell . [3] It was known during filming as Between the Thunder and the Sun and The Gun and the Arrow. [4]

Filming started 21 July 1958 with location work in Mount Whitney. [5] [6]

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  1. "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  2. "GOLDWYN NAMED FOR MOVIE HONOR: Producers Guild to Give Him Milestone Award -Jeff Chandler Gets Role". New York Times. Oct 21, 1958. p. 38.
  3. "HOLLYWOOD VISTA: Three Authoritative' 'Reporters' Add Background to Production Picture". New York Times. Oct 26, 1958. p. X7.
  4. Scheuer, Philip K. (May 25, 1958). "GRAHAM STORY FILMED: Slayer Role Taxes Susan A TOWN CALLED HOLLYWOOD Susan Hayward Wrapped Up in Murderess Role". Los Angeles Times. p. G1.
  5. "HEARTIER HORSE OPERA HEROINES". New York Times. Aug 10, 1958. p. X5.
  6. "Hollywood Production Pulse". Variety. 6 August 1958. p. 20.