Thundering Trails

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Thundering Trails
Thundering Trails FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John English
Produced by Louis Gray
Written by William Colt MacDonald
Robert Yost
Norman S. Hall
Starring Bob Steele
Tom Tyler
Jimmie Dodd
Cinematography Reggie Lanning
Edited by William P. Thompson
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • January 25, 1943 (1943-01-25)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Thundering Trails is a 1943 American Western "Three Mesquiteers" B-movie [1] directed by John English and starring Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, and Jimmie Dodd.

Western (genre) multimedia genre of stories set primarily in the American Old West

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The Three Mesquiteers is the umbrella title for a Republic Pictures series of 51 Western B-movies released between 1936 and 1943, including eight films starring John Wayne. The name was a play on words, referring to mesquite, a plant common in the Western states, and The Three Musketeers. Each film featured a trio of stars, with the composition of the trio varying according to the individual movie. The series was based on a series of Western novels by William Colt MacDonald, which began with The Law of 45's in 1933.

John Wilkinson English was a British film editor and film director. He is most famous for the film serials he co-directed with William Witney for Republic Pictures such as Zorro's Fighting Legion and Drums of Fu Manchu.

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Cast

Bob Steele (actor) American actor

Bob Steele was an American actor. He also was billed as Bob Bradbury Jr..

Tom Tyler actor

Tom Tyler was an American actor known for his leading roles in low-budget Western films in the silent and sound eras, and for his portrayal of superhero Captain Marvel in the 1941 serial film The Adventures of Captain Marvel. Tyler also played the mummy in 1940's The Mummy's Hand, a popular Universal Studios monster film.

Jimmie Dodd actor

James Wesley Dodd was an American actor, singer and songwriter, best known as the MC of the popular 1950s Walt Disney television series The Mickey Mouse Club, as well as the writer of its well-known theme song, "The Mickey Mouse Club March." A slowed-down version of this march, with different lyrics, became the alma mater that closed the show.

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References

  1. "The Three Mesquiteers Trio Westerns of Republic Pictures". b-westerns.com. Retrieved September 1, 2011.

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