Review: ‘Thunder Bay’

A modern plot that deals with offshore oil drilling gives this regulation outdoor actioner an interesting switch.

A modern plot that deals with offshore oil drilling gives this regulation outdoor actioner an interesting switch.

James Stewart and Dan Duryea, as a couple of ex-GIs with a dream of extracting oil from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, carry the principal story load. Having talked Jay C. Flippen, head of an oil company, into backing the offshore exploration, the two adventurers plunge into their work against the wishes of the shrimp fishermen, who see their livelihood ruined.

Stewart moves easily through his role as the stalwart, steadfast member of the adventuring pair. Duryea supplies likeable color to his wise-cracking heroics and comes over strongly. Joanne Dru’s character as the daughter of fisherman Antonio Moreno needed more clarity to be effective.

Anthony Mann’s direction manages considerable action to balance a script tendency towards talkiness. The water sequences have punch.

Thunder Bay

Production

Universal. Director Anthony Mann; Producer Aaron Rosenberg; Screenplay Gil Doud, John Michael Hayes; Camera William Daniels; Editor Russell Schoengarth; Music Frank Skinner; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

James Stewart Joanne Dru Gilbert Roland Dan Duryea Jay C. Flippen Marcia Henderson
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