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Thunder Bay (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 30 September 1953 (UK)
Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Gil Doud (screenplay), John Michael Hayes (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Steve
Joanne Dru ... Stella Rigaud
Gilbert Roland ... Teche Bossier
Dan Duryea ... Gambi
Jay C. Flippen ... Kermit MacDonald
Marcia Henderson ... Francesca Rigaud
Robert Monet Robert Monet ... Phillipe Bayard
Antonio Moreno ... Dominique Rigaud
Harry Morgan ... Rawlings (as Henry Morgan)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Sheriff Antoine Chighizola
Mario Siletti ... Louis Chighizola
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Storyline

In 1946, ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company, formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business...and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud's two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast, led by Stella Rigaud. Other hazards include sabotage, a hurricane...and a treacherous board of directors. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Brawling, Mauling Story of the Biggest Bonanza of Them All !

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunder Bay See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,400,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although filmed in the standard 1.37-1 aspect ratio, this film was chosen by Universal-International as its first widescreen feature, accomplishing this by cropping the top and bottom and projecting it at 1.85-1 at Loew's State Theatre in New York City, as well as other sites. Its initial presentation also marked U-I's first use of directional stereophonic sound. See more »

Goofs

The townspeople secure a restraining order from the state to stop the blasting in the Gulf of Mexico. Since the blasting is further than 3 miles from shore, the state would not have jurisdiction- these are Federal waters. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Gambi: Can you, uh, juggle or anything like that? We might pick up a few bucks.
Steve Martin: I can imitate a movie star.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LOUISIANA 1946 See more »

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Tepid Waters
30 December 2006 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

Anthony Mann/James Stewart collaboration does not work as well here, in contrast to the successful westerns ("Bend of the River" - 1952, etc.). It's about a conflict between shrimp fisherman and oil drillers, with usual bad guy Dan Duryea playing a good guy role (he's better bad, a brilliant actor), as Stewart's business partner. Somehow blue-eyed WASP beauties Joanne Dru and Marcia Henderson are the daughters of latino Antonio Moreno. For shrimp harvesters, the women are surprisingly glamorous, well-groomed, and unfazed. Dru's character does sulk quite a bit, still dazzlingly beautiful, but not the best role for her, while Henderson is chipper, petite, and fun. Gilbert Roland is hammy and forgettable. Some of the color photography is pretty good, but it's a dull, contrived misfire. (Note to prior reviewer: the film was produced in aspect ratio 1:37 to 1 in 1953, on the cusp of widescreen, and formatted in the Academy Ratio, yet released "wide", by inadequate cropping,).


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