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The Forest Rangers (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 April 1943 (Mexico)
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Ranger Don Stuart, pursuing a forest arsonist, finds time to romance a socialite.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Harold Shumate (screenplay), Thelma Strabel (from a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Don Stuart
Paulette Goddard ... Celia Huston Stuart
Susan Hayward ... Tana 'Butch' Mason
Lynne Overman ... Jammer Jones
Albert Dekker ... Twig Dawson
Eugene Pallette ... Howard Huston
Regis Toomey ... Frank Hatfield
Rod Cameron ... Jim Lawrence
Clem Bevans ... Terry McCabe
James Brown ... George Tracy
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Ranger
Keith Richards ... Ranger
William Cabanne William Cabanne ... Ranger
Jimmy Conlin ... Otto Hanson
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Storyline

Ranger Don Stuart fights a forest fire with timber boss friend Tana 'Butch' Mason, and finds evidence of arson. He suspects Twig Dawson but can't prove it. Butch loves Don but he, poor fool, won't notice her as a woman; instead he meets socialite Celia in town and elopes with her. The action plot (Don's pursuit of the fire starter) parallels Tana's comic efforts to scare tenderfoot Celia back to the city. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Laughs...Thrills...Spectacle...all played against the magnificent background of men and women who live with danger...and laugh at it! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Of Fire by Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Missoula, Montana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Madeleine Carroll, Sterling Hayden and Patricia Morison were initially announced to star in this film. See more »

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Referenced in Twister (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

TALL GROWS THE TIMBER
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Fred MacMurray (uncredited)
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Plot is secondary but hardly missed in colorful adventure
20 July 2016 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Fred MacMurray is the chief of a forest ranger crew who get plenty of action fighting forest fires. Susan Hayward runs a logging operation down the road a ways. She has her eye on Fred but he thinks of her as one of the boys.

When Fred meets extremely cute Paulette Goddard riding in a parade over in town, he falls for her quickly and they are married in a snap. Poor Susan isn't too thrilled and sets about figuring a way to send Paulette packing for the city she came from.

Okay, so it's kind of a lame plot....Luckily, it really isn't developed too seriously. A typical scene is the one in which our main characters get stuck overnight in the woods with only one blanket for the three of them: lying on the forest floor, they jockey for position for about five minutes, both of the women wanting to cuddle up to Fred. It's kind of amusing in a silly way.

A subplot involves the rangers' investigation into a rash of forest fires—is logger Albert Dekker the local arsonist? The supporting cast also includes Lynne Overman as MacMurray's old-timer right hand man and Regis Toomey as a pilot who flies over fires and radios in intelligence.

Despite the mediocre story line, MacMurray, Goddard and Hayward all look great and give lively performances. The Technicolor is gorgeous and there are some intense forest fire scenes—so why bother about plot?

Also entertaining: As far as I can tell, that really is Fred MacMurray singing a ballad called "Tall Grow the Timbers."


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