The Civil War is over but in the Ozarks of Arkansas people are not ready to forgive and forget. The Mondier brothers have returned from fighting for the Union and Mort Fagan is keeping things difficult for them in the community.

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Whipple Mondier
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Cagle Mondier
Myron Healey ...
Mort Fagan
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H. P. Kingman
Susan Huston ...
Laurie Cullen
Linda Weld ...
Sarah Kimbrough
Henry Kingi ...
Smoky Harjo
Adair Jameson ...
Hannah Mondier
Dan White ...
Col. Joab Cullen
Lorna Thayer ...
Ma Mondier
Billy E. Hughes ...
Till Mondier (as Billy Hughes Jr.)
Bill Coontz ...
Stapp Huckaby (as Bill Foster)
Jack Horton ...
Gib
Bill McKenzie ...
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The Civil War is over but in the Ozarks of Arkansas people are not ready to forgive and forget. The Mondier brothers have returned from fighting for the Union and Mort Fagan is keeping things difficult for them in the community.

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A smoldering valley of death... Where there are friends to be killed and women to be loved before the fires of Hell will die!

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This was the final acting performance for Billy E. Hughes. From about 1960 to 1963, as a child, Hughes was a promising young actor. Due to family issues he left Hollywood while his career was rising. By the time he was able to return, his former career had evaporated, and this became his last credited movie role. See more »

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Mondier family values
22 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Smoke In The Wind a film located in the post Civil War Ozark Mountains in Arkansas is known as the last film of Walter Brennan. Brennan died before it was released. I suspect it played mostly in red state areas. When I was doing my weekend warrior thing and did summer camp in the south I was always interested in the number of films like this played there and would never be seen in a place like New York City.

It concerns the Mondier family who went with Union when most of their neighbors were Confederates. Now John Russell is bringing back his two boys John Ashley and Billy Hughes, but they face trouble from the neighbors who look on them as scalawags, the term used for those who stayed loyal to the USA. Of course the Ozarks were not an area of plantations so these people were not slaveholders. Still one did not turn against one's state. Myron Healey is leading a band of Confederates who are mortal enemies of the Mondiers.

Brennan plays the philosophical old storekeeper, a role hearkening back to his Oscar nominated performance in Sergeant York. I'm sure Brennan must have longed to be doing scenes with old friend Gary Cooper. Most of the cast is made up of locals and their performances aren't even at high school level. The contrast just makes the Hollywood folks look even better, even in a bad film.

I will say the location cinematography of the Ozarks is nice. But it can't make up for the rest of the film.

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