Zane Grey's Thundering Herd was first filmed by Paramount in 1925, with Jack Holt in the lead. This 1933 remake utilizes a great deal of stock footage from the original, going so far as to rehire several of the supporting players from the earlier film to match the old scenes with the new; in addition, leading-man Randolph Scott sports a pencil-thin mustache, as Jack Holt did in the 1925 version. Motivated by a lengthy buffalo hunt, the story concerns the efforts by Tom Doane (Scott) to stem the activities of buffalo-hide thief Noah Beery and his minions. Beery has many of the film's best lines, especially when delivering unwarranted insults in the direction of his long-suffering wife (Blanche Frederici). Reviewers in 1933 enjoyed Thundering Herd, but took heroine Judith Allen to task for her anachronistic wardrobe.
by Hal Erickson synopsis