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Thunder on the Hill
Thunder on the Hill
is a 1951 film noir crime film directed by Douglas Sirk. The picture was made by Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
and produced by Michael Kraike from a screenplay by Oscar Saul and Andrew Solt, based on the play Bonaventure by Charlotte Hastings. The music score was by Hans J. Salter and the cinematography by William H. Daniels. The film stars Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
and Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
with Robert Douglas, Gladys Cooper, Michael Pate, John Abbott and Norma Varden.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 References 4 External links

Plot[edit] Sister Mary Bonaventure is in charge of the hospital ward of a convent in the county of Norfolk, England. She is troubled by her own sister's suicide, which she confides to her Mother Superior. A torrential rain closes nearby roads, causing Sergeant Melling of the police to bring condemned murderer Valerie Carns there. She is being taken to prison. Valerie was convicted of poisoning her brother Jason, a pianist. Jason's physician, Dr. Jeffreys, is head of the hospital where Sister Mary now works. Valerie still proclaims her innocence, but Jeffreys insists that she gave Jason a fatal overdose of his medicine. A photograph of Jason clearly disturbs Isabel Jeffreys, the doctor's wife. He gives her a sedative. Valerie appeals to Sister Mary to bring her fiance, Sidney Kingham, to the convent to see her. A servant tells Sister Mary about the sadistic behavior of Jason Carns and produces a love letter to him, clearly written by Isabel. Mother Superior is upset by Sister Mary's meddling. She burns the letter. The nun still intends to tell Melling the police sergeant what she knows. Dr. Jeffreys is the one who gave Jason the fatal dose, and he might be slowly poisoning Isabel as well. He lures Sister Mary to a bell tower, where he attacks her. She rings the bell. Sidney hears it, rushes to her aid and overpowers Jeffreys, who is arrested by Melling. Sister Mary's faith is restored, believing the rain that delivered Valerie to her to be divine intervention. Cast[edit]

Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
as Sister Mary Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
as Valerie Carns Robert Douglas as Dr. Jeffreys Anne Crawford
Anne Crawford
as Isabel Jeffreys Philip Friend
Philip Friend
as Sidney Kingham Gladys Cooper
Gladys Cooper
as Mother Superior Michael Pate
Michael Pate
as Willie John Abbott as Abel Harmer Connie Gilchrist
Connie Gilchrist
as Sister Josephine Gavin Muir as Melling Phyllis Stanley
Phyllis Stanley
as Nurse Phillips Norma Varden
Norma Varden
as Pierce Valerie Cardew as Nurse Colby Queenie Leonard
Queenie Leonard
as Mrs. Smithson Patrick O'Moore as Mr. Smithson

References[edit]

^ Variety 18 February 1948 p 14

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thunder on the Hill.

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at the TCM Movie Database Thunder on the Hill
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at AllMovie Thunder on the Hill
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at Rotten Tomatoes

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Films directed by Douglas Sirk

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(1936) To New Shores (1937) La Habanera (1937) Wilton's Zoo (1939) Hitler's Madman
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(1943) Summer Storm (1944) A Scandal in Paris
A Scandal in Paris
(1946) Lured
Lured
(1947) Sleep, My Love (1948) Shockproof
Shockproof
(1949) The First Legion
The First Legion
(1951) Thunder on the Hill
Thunder on the Hill
(1951) The Lady Pays Off (1951) Week-End with Father
Week-End with Father
(1951) No Room for the Groom
No Room for the Groom
(1952) Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) Meet Me at the Fair (1953) Take Me to Town (1953) All I Desire
All I Desire
(1953) Taza, Son of Cochise
Taza, Son of Cochise
(1954) Magnificent Obsession (1954) Sign of the Pagan
Sign of the Pagan
(1954) Captain Lightfoot
Captain Lightfoot
(1955) All That Heaven Allows
All That Heaven Allows
(1955) There's Always Tomorrow (1956) Never Say Goodbye (1956) Written on the Wind
Written on the Wind
(1956) Battle Hymn (1957) Interlude (1957) The Tarnished Angels
The Tarnished Angels
(1958) A Time to Love and a Time to Die
A Time to Love and a Time to Die
(1958) Imitation of Life (1959)

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