Thunderbolt (1929 film)

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Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Produced by B.P. Fineman
Written by Charles Furthman
Jules Furthman
Herman Mankiewicz
Starring George Bancroft
Fay Wray
Richard Arlen
Tully Marshall
Eugénie Besserer
Cinematography Henry W. Gerrard
Edited by Helen Lewis
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 20, 1929 (1929-07-20) (U.S.)
Running time 91 min.
Country United States
Language English

Thunderbolt is a 1929 proto-noir which tells the story of a criminal, facing execution, who wants to kill the man in the next cell for being in love with his girlfriend. It stars George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.

The movie was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (titles) and Josef von Sternberg from the story by Charles Furthman and Jules Furthman. It was directed by von Sternberg.

Bancroft was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[1][2]


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  2. ^ Thunderbolt at

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