Thunder Over the Plains is a western film starring Randolph Scott. Scott plays Federal Captain Porter, an officer commissioned to fight against the people of his homeland, Texas. Despite his misgivings about opposing his own people, Captain Porter (Randolph Scott) is duty-bound to uphold the laws of the land, however unfair they may be. Texas, at the setting of this film in 1869, was not yet readmitted into the Union following the Civil War. The corrupt government of the time was a veritable dictatorship, with the sanction of the Union Army of Occupation assuring its power. In carrying out his orders, Captain Porter enlists the help of a rebel leader named Ben Westman (Charles McGraw), who had been wrongly accused of a murder by some of the government officials. Porter becomes a wanted man himself, in his efforts to prove Westman's innocence. Thunder Over the Plains was filmed in 1953 under the direction of Andre de Toth.