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Smokey Smith (1935)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 2 April 1935 (USA)
Smokey, looking for his parent's killers, trails a gang to Blaze's ranch. Posing as a wanted man he join the gang. He hopes to find a ring taken from his father that will identify the murderer.



(story and screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)


Complete credited cast:
Blaze Bart (as George Hayes)
Bess Bart
Dad Smith (as Horace Carpenter)
Vane Calvert ...
Mrs. Smith


The parents (Horace B. Carpenter)(Vane Calvert) of Smokey Smith (Bob Steele) are murdered while traveling with a wagon train that is attacked by outlaws. Smokey swears revenge but his only possible chance lies in finding the member of the border-gang who took a ring from his father's finger. The sheriff (Earl Dwire) of a nearby border town makes Smokey a deputy after the latter saves his life when outlaws attack a stagecoach the sheriff is escorting. This enables Smokey to find the hideout of the gang that killed his parents, and he, posing as a wanted man, is able to join the gang. He soon incurs the wrath of gang-member Kent(Warner Richmond), who is jealous over the attention that Bess Bart (Mary Kornman, step-daughter of the gang-leader, "Blaze" Bart (George 'Gabby' Hayes), is showing Smokey. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A WHIRLWIND OF ACTION! - TYPHOON OF THRILLS! - HURRICANE EXCITEMENT! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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2 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Alias: 'Humareda'  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Monday 15 August 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4) and in New York City Sunday 27 November 1949 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Remade as Crooked River (1950) See more »

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Vengeance is Mine Sayeth Bob Steele!
26 March 2007 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Smokey Smith" was another of Bob Steele's poverty row "B" westerns directed by his father Robert N. Bradbury.

Smokey Smith (Steele) is riding along with his parents (Horace B. Carpenter, Vane Calvert) towards a new life when their wagon is attacked by an outlaw gang while he is away looking for water. His parents are killed and Smith vows revenge. We later learn that the gang headed by the villainous Kent (Warner Richmond) was responsible. They have been living with and taking orders from Blaze Bart - now there's a name (George "pre-Gabby" Hayes) who just happens to have a comely young step daughter named Bess.

Smith meanwhile, finds out that Kent and his gang were responsible for his parents' death and sets about to bring them to justice. Unfortunately he is captured and left in the desert to die. He manages to find his way back to town and with the support of the local sheriff (Earl Dwire) hones his skills as a fast on the draw gunfighter. The sheriff christens him "Smokey" because of all the smoke generated by the rapid firing of his six shooter. (I know, I called him "Smokey" from the beginning, but I don't think that we ever learn his real name).

Kent refuses to obey Blaze's orders and the two have a falling out. Smith, meanwhile is back on the trail of Kent and his gang. After Blaze's attempt to stop Kent fails, Smith confronts Kent and..................................................

It is interesting to see Hayes just on the brink of becoming that lovable crotchety old scalawag which he is best remembered. He played many character parts, on both sides of the law, in a long list of "B" oaters, notably John Wayne's Lone Star Westerns of 1933-35. And they didn't come any meaner than the sneering Warner Richmond one of the best "B" villains of the 1930s.

There's a great shot of Steele wandering past a majestic cliff formation as he stumbles his way out of the desert and a rip snortin' shoot out between the good guys and bad guts that set this one apart.

Plenty of action and fast paced direction from Director Bradbury.

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