Ranger Don Stuart, pursuing a forest arsonist, finds time to romance a socialite.


George Marshall


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





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 ... Ranger
Keith Richards ... Ranger
William Cabanne William Cabanne ... Ranger
Jimmy Conlin ... Otto Hanson


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


Referenced in Twister (1996) See more »


Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by chorus
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21 November 2015 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Fred MacMurray (Don) is a forest ranger who works in a tight-nit forest ranger community that deals with the preservation of the forest and lots of fire-fighting. Particularly now that an arsonist is setting off fires. The local forest ranger girl is Susan Hayward (Tana) and although she is fondly nicknamed 'Butch', she definitely isn't. She sees MacMurray as her catch. However, one day at a parade in a local town, MacMurray meets and marries Paulette Goddard (Celia) before returning with her to his community. Everyone is shocked. And Hayward is not happy…

The film is shot in Technicolour which adds to the enjoyment and the cast are good although I wish retired ranger Lynne Overman (Jammer) spoke properly. WTF is he saying? We get a mystery as to who is starting deliberate fires played alongside some comical situations as Goddard and Hayward spar with each other. And it's all good entertainment. This film was better than I expected. MacMurray leaves me indifferent, rather like his attitude towards both these women in his life. The interest in the film comes from the 2 female leads. There is also the bonus of hearing snippets of the song "Jingle Jangle Jingle" at various moments. Always nice to hear a tune. Can you guess who the arsonist is? I doubt it.

If you look at the credits you will notice a Keith Richards in the role of a Ranger. That guy really has had a varied life. This was in the days before he plugged in a guitar and joined the Rolling Stones and then fell out of a mango tree.

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Release Date:

22 April 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Of Fire by Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Missoula, Montana, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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