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Smokey Smith (1935)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 2 April 1935 (USA)
Smokey, looking for his parents' killers, trails a gang to Blaze's ranch. Posing as a wanted man he join the gang. He hopes to find a ring taken from his father that will identify the murderer.


Robert N. Bradbury


Robert N. Bradbury (story and screenplay) (as R.N. Bradbury)




Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Smokey Smith
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Blaze Bart (as George Hayes)
Mary Kornman ... Bess Bart
Warner Richmond ... Kent
Earl Dwire ... Sheriff
Horace B. Carpenter ... Dad Smith (as Horace Carpenter)
Vane Calvert Vane Calvert ... Mrs. Smith


The parents (Horace B. Carpenter)(Vane Calvert) of Smokey Smith (Bob Steele) are murdered while traveling with a wagon train that is attacked by outlaws. Smokey swears revenge but his only possible chance lies in finding the member of the border-gang who took a ring from his father's finger. The sheriff (Earl Dwire) of a nearby border town makes Smokey a deputy after the latter saves his life when outlaws attack a stagecoach the sheriff is escorting. This enables Smokey to find the hideout of the gang that killed his parents, and he, posing as a wanted man, is able to join the gang. He soon incurs the wrath of gang-member Kent(Warner Richmond), who is jealous over the attention that Bess Bart (Mary Kornman, step-daughter of the gang-leader, "Blaze" Bart (George 'Gabby' Hayes), is showing Smokey. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A WHIRLWIND OF ACTION! - TYPHOON OF THRILLS! - HURRICANE EXCITEMENT! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

2 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias: 'Humareda' See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Supreme Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Monday 15 August 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Sunday 23 October 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in New York City Sunday 27 November 1949 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Remade as Crooked River (1950) See more »

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Exciting, action packed, even violent, but very well directed and acted
15 February 2018 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Mary Kornman was one of the loveliest young ladies who never, for whatever reason, managed to break into the A pictures. And she was a good enough actress, too, that she should have been given more breaks.

In "Smokey Smith" she has a few scenes in which she shows her acting ability, with facial and bodily movements, as well as her loveliness.

Playing her step-father is the very great George Hayes, long before he was "Gabby," and in a role with a twist. He was really a very fine actor.

Star Bob Steele was his usual superior self, showing his acting chops as well as his excellent cowboy skills. He has to have been among the five or ten best riders of all the cowboys stars, except, perhaps, for the rodeo stars, such as Yakima Canutt.

Speaking of Yak, that his fight-scene choreography had not yet become the industry standard shows in some of the fight scenes in these Westerns, but that does not really detract. Little Bob Steele mixing it up with the larger Warner Richmond looks rough enough.

"Smokey Smith" has a gritty and rugged look, and the special effects and makeup departments make Bob Steele and others look especially worn. Along with the excellent directing and photography, they make this movie one to watch. I do recommend it, and would have given it a higher rating except the print at YouTube seems to have an entire reel missing. Fortunately, the scene following is pretty self-explanatory, so give it a look, unless you can find a better print.

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