Release dateApril 8, 1959 Based onstory by James Hill
Guy Trosper WriterJames Hill (story), Russell Rouse, Stewart Stern, Guy Trosper (story) ScreenplayStewart Stern, Guy Trosper CastSusan Hayward (Gabrielle Dauphin), Jeff Chandler (Lon Bennett), Jacques Bergerac (Pepe Dauphin), Carl Esmond (Andre Dauphin), Blanche Yurka (Louise Dauphin) Similar moviesAnder eta Yul, Le Divorce, A Good Year, Doubt, In Her Shoes, Operación Ogro
TaglineThe Sun Never Blazed On A More Savage Saga!
Thunder in the Sun is a 1959 western film directed by Russell Rouse starring Susan Hayward and Jeff Chandler.
The film shows a family of French Basque immigrants pioneering into the Wild West while carrying their ancestral vines. Hard drinking trail driver Lon Bennett is hired to lead them and he falls for the spirited Gabrielle Dauphin.
The film is infamous among Basques for its misunderstandings of Basque customs, such as the use of the xistera (a device of the jai alai sport) as a weapon or shouting irrintzi ululations as meaningful communication. Other commentators, though, have noted the well staged action scenes, the absorbing story, and the excellent cinematography. Which is a marvel since 90% of the lead actors scenes were shot in a studio with projected backgrounds.
Susan Hayward as Gabrielle Dauphin
Jeff Chandler as Lon Bennett
Jacques Bergerac as Pepe Dauphin
Blanche Yurka as Louise Dauphin
Carl Esmond as Andre Dauphin
Fortunio Bonanova as Fernando Christophe
Bertrand Castelli as Edmond Duquette
Felix Locher as Danielle
Veda Ann Borg as Marie
The film was made by Seven Arts Productions and acquired by Paramount for distribution. It was the company's third film, after Gunrunners and Ten Seconds to Hell. It was known during filming as Between the Thunder and the Sun and The Gun and the Arrow.
Filming took place in August 1958 with location work in Mount Whitney.