Thunderhoof (1948)

Genres - Western  |   Release Date - Jul 8, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this off-beat western, a middle-aged rancher endeavors to realize his dreams of starting up a horse ranch in Texas. His much younger wife, is opposed to the idea and begins questioning her love for her husband. The would-be rancher's adopted son doesn't help matters by trying to seduce his father's wife during their mad search for a magnificent pinto stallion. At last the rancher captures the horse, but during the struggle, breaks his leg. Somehow the three and the horse make it back to the ranch. The situation becomes more tense as the man's leg gets worse, the stallion proves to be an outlaw, and there is no food to eat. They go looking for food and eventually find and empty but well-stocked farmhouse. Unfortunately, when they learn that the well was infected with typhoid, they must leave. The horse then escapes and tempers flare, resulting in a fight between father and son. The latter ends up knocking his wounded father into an arroyo and he leaves him to die. Miraculously, he is saved by the outlaw stallion. Later the ungrateful son dies of typhoid (he snuck a drink of well-water) and the wife is left alone in the desert. She wanders about near death when she hears thunderous hooves upon the ground. She thinks she is hallucinating, but her husband rides up astride the stallion and she is saved.

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rescue, animal, animal-rescue, conflict, death, desert, family-tragedy, farmhouse, food, horse, injury, love, ranch, search, stepmother, stranded, temper, water, wife