Green Fire (1954)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  29 December 1954 (USA)
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In Colombia, mining engineer Rian Mitchell discovers Carrero, the lost emerald mine of the Conquistadors, but has to contend with notorious local bandit El Moro's gang and with coffee planter Catherine Knowland's love.


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Complete credited cast:
Rian X. Mitchell
Catherine Knowland
Vic Leonard
Donald Knowland
Murvyn Vye ...
El Moro
José Torvay ...
Manuel (as Jose Torvay)
Robert Tafur ...
Father Ripero
Joe Dominguez ...
Nacho Galindo ...
Officer Perez
Charlita ...
Natividad Vacío ...
Rico Alaniz ...
Bobby Dominguez ...


Rian Mitchell discovers an emerald deposit in South America, but gets chased away before he can start to mine. He tricks his partner, Vic, into returning to the site. While there, he meets Catherine and Donald Knowland, siblings who run a coffee plantation. Rian falls for Catherine and is torn between his love for her and his love for the "green fire" of emeralds. Written by James Meek <>

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Gorgeous Grace Kelly, beautiful actress of many in her most exciting romantic role! See more »


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Release Date:

29 December 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grünes Feuer  »

Box Office


$1,768,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)


(Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


As a variety of the mineral beryl the emerald is a gemstone that is colored green and contains trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Its name derives from the ancient Greek word "smaragdos" which means "green gem". Although mined since 1500 BC in ancient Egypt the largest producer of emeralds is Colombia with 50-95% of the world production. See more »


When the landslide happens outside the mine entrance, Rian pushes Vic out of the way and they both fall down a couple feet away from each other, the next scene is after the rock fall and they are getting up, only Rian is partially on top of Vic. See more »


Catherine Knowland: Well, there's always the chance that Prince Charming may come riding down off the mountain someday.
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Green Fire
Music by Miklós Rózsa (uncredited)
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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Adventures , action , romance and emerald mines in the exotic Columbian jungles .
16 July 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This colorful picture is set in Columbia, South America , and specifically at the treacherous jungle . There prospector Rian Mitchell (Stewart Granger) comes across what he thinks may be an important emerald site . A bit later on , emerald miner Mitchell is wounded by some bandits , however meets plantation owner named Catherine Knowland (Grace Kelly) and nursed back to health . Catherine along with her brother Donald (John Ericsun) runs a coffee plantation. Rian goes back to get his colleague Vic Leonard (Paul Douglas) to join him in his mining venture . When they come back to the location , they must deal with a nasty native , El Moro, who claims he has rights for the land the major mine is on . Meanwhile , Mitchell and Catherine fall in love and they subsequently are threatened by El Moro .

This exciting film contains adventures , thrills , a love story and colorful outdoors well photographed by cameraman Paul Vogel . Plenty of a Hollywood all-star cast as Granger, Kelly , Douglas and Ericsun ; however ordinary script complications muddle the tale . Director Andrew Marton likes lots of big , noisy explosions , especially at its finale , when he doesn't know what else to do . Heat and ills affected the crew and main actors but they surprised for her resistance . During location shooting in Columbia actors lived aboard a huge barge moored in a river , when the river suddenly into spate , the boat broke loose and was drifting at speed down the river when the natives in canoes rescued the players . Special mention to musical score by the classical Miklos Rozsa , a great composer expert on impressive atmosphere in Noir cinema and epic films .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Andrew Marton , though with no originality and some moments result to be a little boring . Marton was a specialist on Wartime movies as : ¨The thin red line¨ , ¨The longest day ¨and adventure movies as ¨African Texas style¨, ¨Around the world under the sea¨, ¨Clarence , the cross-eyed lion¨, and ¨King Salomon's mines¨(1950) co-directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton directed the second unit , he then was tasked with replacing Compton Bennett as director after the latter had been taken ill . One of his more prestigious assignments came about by chance to lay in some excellent work as second-unit director , notably in charge of the chariot race for William Wyler's ¨Ben-Hur¨ (1959), as well as of the Normandy invasion sequences for the World War II . After his contract with MGM expired in 1954, Marton founded his own production company in conjunction with fellow Hungarian émigrés Ivan Tors and Laslo Benedek . He later concentrated on TV adventure series, helming the pilots, respectively for "Daktari" (1966) and "Cowboy in Africa" .

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