The Forest Rangers (1942)

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Ranger Don Stuart, pursuing a forest arsonist, finds time to romance a socialite.



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Complete credited cast:
Celia Huston Stuart
Tana 'Butch' Mason
Lynne Overman ...
Jammer Jones
Twig Dawson
Howard Huston
Frank Hatfield
Rod Cameron ...
Terry McCabe
George Tracy
Kenneth Griffith ...
Keith Richards ...
William Cabanne ...
Jimmy Conlin ...
Otto Hanson


Ranger Don Stuart fights a forest fire with timber boss friend Tana 'Butch' Mason, and finds evidence of arson. He suspects Twig Dawson but can't prove it. Butch loves Don but he, poor fool, won't notice her as a woman; instead he meets socialite Celia in town and elopes with her. The action plot (Don's pursuit of the fire starter) parallels Tana's comic efforts to scare tenderfoot Celia back to the city. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Laughs...Thrills...Spectacle...all played against the magnificent background of men and women who live with danger...and laugh at it! See more »


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Release Date:

21 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clarão no Horizonte  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Referenced in Twister (1996) See more »


Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Fred MacMurray (uncredited)
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A great spectacle that survives the changing times.
9 August 2000 | by (Tucson, AZ.) – See all my reviews

When this movie came out in 1942, technicolor was still a novelty. No new process has surpassed this technique. The star quality of the actors was of the highest order. The story line, while a bit contrived, was and still is entertaining compared to other vehicles of similar themes. The scope of the movie, which includes cast, sets, costumes and scenery, can hardly be duplicated today. It is an outstanding icon of what movies used to be,

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