Written and Posted by Sarah
The film Thunder Bay came out in 1953 and told the story of two ex-Sailors (played by Mr. Duryea and James Stewart) trying to make a go of an offshore oil rig in Louisiana.
Dan Duryea played Johnny Gambi, friend of Jimmy Stewart. He's out-going, friendly and out to have a good time. Fist fights and the like are thrown in throughout, and he ends up falling for (and marrying) Marsha Henderson.
My favorite moment of the film is the scene when Dan Duryea returns to the rig after getting married. He and Jimmy Stewart are in the middle of a fight when Duryea throws his arms out, grins in that unique style and shouts (at the top of his lungs), "I got married!"
Dan actually had a fall during the filming of this picture. He slipped off of the roof of the little tugboat that appears throughout the film. He suffered a broken rib, contusion and bruises, but was able to continue filming after a day or two of rest.
If you're interested in a blow-by-blow synopsis, just CLICK HERE for the TCM page.