A little girl living on an isolated ranch claims to have formed a bond of friendship with a pure white, "wild" stallion. The horse is well known in the area, almost legendary, and ... See full summary »


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Mike McGowan
Molly McGowan ...
Molly McGowan
Carol Hampton
Buff Stoner (as John Cason)
Poco (as Mike Vallon)
Melody McGowan ...
Melody McGowan
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Link Stoner
Bill Hale ...
Skip Stoner
King the Horse Cotton ...
Snowfire (as Snowfire)


A little girl living on an isolated ranch claims to have formed a bond of friendship with a pure white, "wild" stallion. The horse is well known in the area, almost legendary, and supposedly vicious. Is she just making it up, or is she telling the truth? If it's real, isn't it dangerous for her with a "killer" horse? Or is the horse as vicious as he's been portrayed? Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Fire was his spirit; man was his foe. See more »


Family | Western





Release Date:

18 May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alerta en las praderas  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast members Molly McGowan and Melody McGowan were related to each other and producers/directors Dorrell McGowan and Stuart McGowan, but none were related to star Don Megowan, who played the girls' father. See more »


The location where Snowfire went to hide was alternately called Pine Canyon and Mine Canyon by characters in the story. See more »


Referenced in M Squad: Man with the Ice (1960) See more »

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Did we all watch the same film???
29 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Each and every review of this film just gushes praise for it. I saw it yesterday on TCM and it was just unbelievably bad. Another poster on the message boards hit the high points - bad acting, bad direction, horrendous dialogue. I actually thought the cinematography was good but not great. I give it three stars because the idea was a good one, it's just a case of terrible execution on every level. This is not from some teenager who appreciates only comic book action movies. I was born in the year this film was made and I am ordinarily a fan of child-bonds-with-animal films including 1969's made-for-TV movie "J.T.", 1934's Sequoia, and the 40's "Rusty" series of films, which has also been airing on TCM as of late.

I knew the film was in trouble when plastered in huge letters across the entire height of the screen was the name of someone I'd never heard of before as though he was Orson Welles or Spencer Tracy - Don McGowan. What followed were acting, writing, and directing credits, all by people with the same last name. Thus part of the problem could be that the film seems to be almost completely a family affair, so probably a family of film makers working on a project can't really be objective about the quality of a relative's work. My favorite scene: a real western fight breaks out over Snowfire and these manly men of the west are armed with - tree branches??? It really was ridiculous. And don't get me started on the girls - not twins - dressed in identical clothing.

Most everyone here reviewing seems to be remembering it fondly from childhood, so I'm prepared to get pelted with eggs and tomatoes for writing this review. I think what has happened in most cases is that because this film is so rare they are remembering it from many years ago, and watching it again might be like revisiting your elementary school once you are grown - the fact is that the halls and the auditorium are much smaller and far less grand than what is enshrined in your memory. Only to cure yourself of your childhood illusion - assuming you want to do that in the first place - do I recommend you watch this film.

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