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 ... See full summary »
"Thunderhead," a roving, big white stallion, causes problems for the Wyoming ranchers when he leads their blue-blooded racing mares off to join his wild horse herd in the mountains. ... See full summary »
This saga of the old west involves twin brothers who compete for possession of a rickety cow town founded by their father while a crooked mayor tries to put an end to the competitors so he can inherit the town himself.
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 »
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I have been looking for this film on DVD or VHS for at least 10 years. This is one of the best horse movies of all time. It is joyful and tearful, but a story of intense love for a horse. About a black stallion that Fred Mac Murray names "Smoky" because where there is fire there is Smoke. This story needs to be released in Digital DVD format. I have been a movie collector for over 45 years, this is one that everybody should see. A true family picture that displays a great tenderness, love, devotion, and courage that you will always remember. The stars Fred Mac Murray, Anne Baxter, and Burl Ives are at their best in their performances. Burl Ives a sings "Jimmy Crack Corn and I Don't Care" which fits the horse ranch fare.
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