|Directed by||William Nigh|
|Produced by||Hunt Stromberg|
|Written by||Ann Price (scenario)
Joseph Farnham (intertitles)
|Screenplay by||Byron Morgan|
|Story by||Byron Morgan|
|Edited by||Ben Lewis|
|Running time||86 minutes|
Thunder is a 1929 American silent melodrama film starring Lon Chaney and directed by William Nigh. The film has no audible dialogue but featured a synchronized musical score and sound effects. Thunder was Chaney's penultimate film appearance and his last silent film.
Lon Chaney plays Grumpy Anderson, a railroad engineer with an obsession for running his train on time. His slavishness to promptness causes several tragedies which alienate him from his family. Fortunately, by the story's end, the engineer restores their faith in him and validates his obsession by forcing his train through a flood to bring badly needed Red Cross supplies to the victims.
- Lon Chaney - Grumpy Anderson
- Phyllis Haver - Zella
- James Murray- Tommy
- Tom Keene- Jim
- Frances Norris - Molly
- Wally Albright, Jr. - Davey
The film was shot on location in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois. It was there that Chaney caught a cold during the snow scenes which then developed into walking pneumonia. Production was shut down for a time but was eventually completed. Chaney's illness combined with his throat cancer led to his death two months after the release of his last film, and only talkie, 1930's The Unholy Three.
- Blake, Michael Francis (1995). A Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney's Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 331. ISBN 1-879-51121-5.
- Blake, Michael F. (2001). The Films of Lon Chaney. Madison Books. p. 187. ISBN 1-568-33237-8.
- Blake, Michael F. (1997). A Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney's Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures. Vestal Press. p. 262. ISBN 1-461-73076-7.
- Thunder at silentera.com database
- Blake 1997 p.263
- Basinger, Jeanine (2000). Silent Stars. Wesleyan University Press. p. 262. ISBN 0-819-56451-6.
- Dixon, Wheeler Winston (2010). A History of Horror. Rutgers University Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-813-55039-4.
- Blake 1997 p.267