In Popular Culture

Retellings of the story of the highwaymen, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, can be found in short stories, novels, and movies. The article links below examine these fictionalizations:

Mike Martin: Or, The Last of the Highwaymen. A Romance of Reality by Francis A. Durivage. Short novel. Published in 1845.

A Stage Spectacular: Mike Martin, The Highwayman Equestrian drama first produced in 1849.

“Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” by Emerson Bennett. Newspaper feature article from 1866.

“A Narrow Escape” by Emerson Bennett. Newspaper article that first appeared in 1910, years after Bennett’s death.

“Two Remarkable Highwaymen,” by Emerson Bennett. From 1863, this is Bennett’s first reworking of an episode in Marton’s confession.

A Silver Tankard for Captain Lightfoot“. From 1893. A Christian-themed short story portraying “Captain Lightfoot” as a lifelong villain, but one who could still be touched by kindness.

W. R. Burnett’s 1954 novel, Captain Lightfoot

Douglas Sirk’s Captain Lightfoot, (1955) starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow

Michael Cimino’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. From 1974, starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy.