Thunder in the East (film)

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For the 1934 film, see Thunder in the East (1934 film).
Thunder in the East
Thunder in the East poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Charles Vidor
Produced by Everett Riskin
Written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan
Lewis Meltzer
Jo Swerling
George Tabori
Alan Moorehead (novel)
Starring Alan Ladd
Deborah Kerr
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Edited by Everett Douglas
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
5 December 1952 (West Germany)
3 February 1953 (New York City)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million (US)[1]

Thunder in the East is a 1952 war drama film released by Paramount Pictures, and directed by Charles Vidor, based on novel Rage of the Vulture by Alan Moorehead.


The film is set in 1947 after India has gained its independence from Britain. Steve Gibbs (Alan Ladd), an American arms dealer, flies into a small Indian state intending to sell weapons to a local maharajah whose capital is facing an attack from a bandit army. He is opposed by the maharajah's prime minister (Charles Boyer), who is a proponent of Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence. He also falls in love with a blind woman (Deborah Kerr).



  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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