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Directed By
Arthur Ripley

Written By:
Robert Mitchum, Walter Wise

Robert Mitchum, Jacques Aubuchon, Gene Barry, Trevor Bardette, Sandra Knight, Jim Mitchum, Mitchell Ryan, Peter Breck, Keely Smith, Betsy Holt, Frances Koon

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Thunder Road (1958)
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Movie Review by Clutch Cargo
April 13th, 2013

Anybody For Hillbilly Film Noir?

Favorite Movie Quote: "Maybe you can put me in prison..... But, you gotta catch me first!"

With its emphasis on fast cars, I rate Thunder Road as being one of the coolest, hot-rod, B-Movies of the late 1950s, bar none. This movie became such a cult classic that it actually continued to play at some South-Eastern drive-in movie theaters right up through the 1970s.

Cool actor Robert Mitchum (driving a very cool, souped-up, 1950 Ford Coupe) plays Lucas Doolin, a veteran of the Korean War, who is now running moonshine (via a family business) in the Apalachian Mountain region of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Lucas & his younger brother, Robin (played by Mitchum's 17 year-old son, James)
find themselves not only having to play cat and mouse with federal G-Men, who are out to put a stop to the whole moonshine business that's flourishing in this territory - But they also find themselves the moving targets of the wealthy and ruthless mobster, Carl Kogan, who, along with the help of his brutal henchmen, wants to gain full control of the local moonshiners and their distribution points and will order anyone killed who stands in the way of his devious plans.

In between all of the hard-driving action, Lucas Doolin actually finds the time to romance cute, nightclub singer, Francie Wymore.

This fast-paced film's theme song "The Ballad of Thunder Road" was composed, as well as sung, by Robert Mitchum, himself.

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