Thunder Road (UA 1958, Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry)

Robert Mitchum shines (as in “moonshines”) in southern melodrama Thunder Road as he performs quadruple duties as writer, producer, star, and composer of the theme song (which he made a hit).

Mitchum comes home from Korea to pick up where he left off with the family’s moonshine business, and battles with both the federal authorities and the local mob. Mitchum’s son James makes his debut playing his dad’s younger brother. A film close to Mitchum’s heart, and it shows.

The lead in Thunder Road was originally offered to Elvis Presley. When the singer?s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, turned it down, Robert Mitchum not only took the part, but wrote the movie?s hit song, “Whippoorwill.

Thunder Road

Robert with his son James, who played the younger brother of Mitch!

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon, Keely Smith, Trevor Bardette, Sandra Knight, James Mitchum

Director: Arthur Ripley
Screenwriter: Walter Wise
Original Story: Robert Mitchum
Producers: Robert Mitchum, Arthur Ripley
Composer: Jack Marshall
Directors of Photography: David Ettenson, Alan Stensvold

Production Companies: United Artists, D.R.M. Productions
Release Date: 10 May 1958
Running Time: 92 minutes
Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller
Country: United States of America

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