The Man from Thunder River


59m 1943

Brief Synopsis

Henry Stevens knows that Ferguson's abandoned mine is valuable and when Jack Ferguson plans to reopen it he has him framed for murder. Bill and Gabby save him from the lynch mob and then investigate his mine. They accidentally find the secret door that connects it to Steven's mine. But Stevens' men capture them and set a charge that will explode and bury the two intruders.

Film Details

Also Known As
Overland Mail Robber
Release Date
Jun 11, 1943
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 May 1943
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
4,990ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Cowboys Wild Bill Elliott and Gabby Whittaker travel from their home in Thunder River to the ranch of their friends the Fergusons to buy a herd of cattle. Although Gabby suspects that the real reason for the trip is so that Bill can court pretty Nancy Ferguson, Bill maintains that he is interested in doing business and visiting Nancy's brother Jack and aunt Bess. After their arrival, Bill and Gabby learn that Jack wants to re-open the old Ferguson gold mine despite Bess's objections. Bess's friend and neighbor, Henry Stevens, advises her that the venture would be costly and unproductive. Unknown to the Fergusons, Stevens and his righthand man, Les Foster, have been working their mine using a secret tunnel. Stevens intends to pass off the Ferguson gold as his own, thereby inducing a mining syndicate to purchase his worthless property. Although Bill, acting on Jack's behalf, tries to persuade Bess to agree to his plan, she demurs, saying that she will be guided by Stevens. Jack has better luck with banker Daniel Bates, who agrees to finance the project. Stevens overhears their discussion and orders his henchman, Jackson, to get rid of Jack. When Jack and Bates go to the bank office to draw up their contract, Jackson knocks Jack unconscious, then shoots Bates with Jack's gun. Sheriff Thompson arrests Jack for the murder, but before he can be jailed, he is grabbed by a lynch mob organized by Jackson. Bill and Gabby rescue Jack as he is about to be hanged, then return to the Ferguson ranch the next day after making sure that Jack is hidden safely. Stevens tells Bill to bring Jack home the following morning, and Bess decides to sell the ranch in order to hire a lawyer for him. Suspicious of Stevens, Bill and Gabby insist on accompanying Jack home, where he and Bill are arrested by the sheriff, who has been tipped off by Stevens. Gabby tries to help them escape, but Jack is wounded and captured during the chase. While Jack is being tried and convicted, Stevens' men continue to work the Ferguson mine, but Bill and Gabby, who discovered the secret tunnel during their escape, decide to investigate further. They find an entrance in Stevens' office, and after entering the mine, are almost killed by Stevens and his men, who set off an explosion to seal one of the shafts. Bill and Gabby escape again, after which Bill captures Stevens and takes him to the sheriff. When Stevens is found guilty of Bates's murder, Jack's conviction is overturned and he is released. Bill and Gabby then promise to return and help work the mine after delivering their new cattle to Thunder River.

Film Details

Also Known As
Overland Mail Robber
Release Date
Jun 11, 1943
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 13 May 1943
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
4,990ft (6 reels)

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Notes

The working title of this film was Overland Mail Robber.