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Red Skies of Montana (1952)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | February 1952 (USA)
Drama dealing with the hazardous work of the U. S. Forest Service's paratroop fire-fighters in Montana.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Harry Kleiner (screenplay), Art Cohn (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Cliff Mason
Constance Smith ... Peg Mason
Jeffrey Hunter ... Edward J. (Ed) Miller
Richard Boone ... Richard 'Dick' Dryer
Warren Stevens ... Steve Burgess
James Griffith ... Boise Peterson
Joe Sawyer ... R.A. (Pop) Miller
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Storyline

When a large forest fire breaks out in the mountains of Montana, a squad of 'Smoke Jumpers', the paratroop-corps of fire-fighters in the U. S. Forest Service, is flown to the scene from their regional headquarters in Missoula, Montana. The Forest Rangers, under Cliff Mason, put out the blaze, but several of the fire-fighters are killed. Ed Miller, son of one of the dead rangers, thinks he died because Mason was a coward, and sets out to prove it. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The "Smoke Jumpers" hit the screen in Red Skies of Montana


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smoke Jumpers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Montana, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Watch for a very brief, uncredited appearance by Charles Bronson. He's shown for a few seconds as a cook in the mess hall, holding a soup ladle. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes in which they are flying over and dropping into fires, there are actually no fires to be seen. See more »

Connections

Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Smoke Jumpers (1956) See more »

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Red Skies of Montana Reaches to the Stars ***
8 November 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

This action adventure film is still another great opportunity for Richard Widmark to display his great acting talent.

In this very good film, he leads men into fighting forest fires in the Montana-Idaho areas.

When tragedy strikes, a disoriented Widmark can't remember what has transpired. The film provides a wonderful supporting performance by Jeffrey Hunter, a fellow fire-fighter, who lost his father in the blaze. A suspicious Hunter feels that Widmark ran out on his men.

The film shows what these men have to go through in fighting such dangerous fires.

Heroism is the order of the day and Widmark and company respond valiantly.


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