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Thunder Over the Prairie (1941)

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60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

This is the second of a three-film series starring Charles Starrett as "The Medico" (based on the Frontier Doctor character, Steven Monroe, created by James L. Rubel in books.) This entry was preceded by "The Medico of Painted Springs" and...See moreThis is the second of a three-film series starring Charles Starrett as "The Medico" (based on the Frontier Doctor character, Steven Monroe, created by James L. Rubel in books.) This entry was preceded by "The Medico of Painted Springs" and followed by "Prairie Stranger," before Columbia halted the series, and made the five remaining films of Charles Starrett's 1941-42 production season as straight-action/musical westerns with Starrett playing different characters in each. The Sons of the Pioneers, the musical mainstays in all of Starrett's B-westerns from 1937 through the 1940-41 production seasons, had left Columbia and signed with Republic, so the musical groups in all of the remaining Starrett/Columbia westerns were part of a revolving door that changed with each film. The band in this one was Carl (Cal) Shrum and his Rhythm Rangers, and nobody, including Shrum and his band members,played 'Himself" or 'Themselves" in these fictional films set in a time period before any of these performers were born. This entry has the nomadic, usually-pacifist, non-gun-toting---until really provoked when all else failed (the primary reason the series never caught on and was discontinued)--- Dr. Steven (Steve) Monroe arriving in Rock City to learn that his friend, Roy Mandan, has had his property ruined by dust storms and is forced to work on an irrigation project for crooked construction-engineer Ace Hartley. A heavy rain storm endangers the dam, which has been constructed of inferior materials, and Hartley and his henchmen blow it up and blame Roy. When Roy stands trial, his brother, Clay Mandan, stampedes a herd of wild horses into town and into the courthouse. Roy is shot during the melee and dies in Steve's arms. Monroe then straps on his shooting-irons, from his gunfighter days before becoming a doctor, and sets out to expose Hartley and his gang. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Betty Burbridge (original screenplay) | James Rubel (based on "Medico" Books by)
Cinematographer
Benjamin H. Kline (as Benjamin Kline)
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Updated Jul 30, 1941

Release date
Jul 30, 1941 (United States)

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22 cast members
Name STARmeter Known for
Charles Starrett
Dr. Steven Monroe / The Medico Dr. Steven Monroe / The Medico   See fewer
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Cliff Edwards
'Bones' Malloy 'Bones' Malloy   See fewer
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Eileen O'Hearn
Nora Mandan Nora Mandan   See fewer
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Stanley Brown
Roy Mandan Roy Mandan   See fewer
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Danny Mummert
Timmy Wheeler Timmy Wheeler   See fewer
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David Sharpe
Clay Mandan Clay Mandan   See fewer
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Ray Bennett
'Ace' Hartley 'Ace' Hartley   See fewer
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Joe McGuinn
Henchman Hartley Henchman Hartley   See fewer
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Donald Curtis
Henchman Taylor Henchman Taylor   See fewer
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Ted Adams
Dave Wheeler Dave Wheeler   See fewer
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Jack Rockwell
Clayton Clayton   See fewer
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Budd Buster
Judge Merriwether Judge Merriwether   See fewer
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Cal Shrum
Band Leader (as Carl Shrum) Band Leader (as Carl Shrum)   See fewer
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Cal Shrum and His Rhythm Rangers
Western Band (as Carl Shrum and His Rhythm Rangers) Western Band (as Carl Shrum and His Rhythm Rangers)   See fewer
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Dick Botiller
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rusty Cline
Band Member (uncredited) Band Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ace Dehne
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Robert Hoag
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Billy Hughes
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Buddy Roosevelt
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Weston
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6.7 / 10 | 12 votes