Clint Barkley (MacMurray) first sees Smoky as a runaway, and drives him back to the ranch where he meets the owner, Julie Richards (Anne Baxter). He is given a job on her ranch, but the head cowhand is doubtful about Clint and fears that since he refuses to talk about himself, he must have some dreadful secret in his past. Clint and Smoky become close to each other, weathering the hardships of Western life and the suspicions of others together, until one day, Smoky tragically vanishes. Will Clint ever see him again? Written by
Horse trainer Jack Lindell found and trained the horse who played Smoky for three months. He would stand behind the camera and use a series of signals with sticks, somewhat like semaphore, to control the horse's behavior. See more »
When Smoky is dragging a wounded Clint, the horse is plainly dragging a dummy, as evidenced by the stiffness of the 'body' and, in one instance, by the dummy's hand getting caught on the stirrup, leaving the crooked arm poking up into the air in an extremely unnatural position. See more »
I can still remember walking home in silence beside my mother after having seen Smokey at our local Loew's theater in Yonkers, New York. I was so moved by this film, that I have never forgotten it. That was over 50 years ago and I only wish that a VHS or DVD copy was available so that I would be able to share this movie with my children and grandchildren. I enjoyed Smokey far better than National Velvet or Black Beauty. Fred MacMurray is excellent as the lead who has to deal with the emotional upheaval of losing his beloved horse. What happens to this fine animal will cause you to get a few lumps in your throat before the finale. A keeper if we could manage to find a copy!
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