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Smoky (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Western | 26 June 1946 (USA)
Drama about the strong bond between a cowpoke and a wild bronco set during the 1940s.


Louis King


Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Dwight Cummins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Fred MacMurray ... Clint Barkley
Anne Baxter ... Julie Richards
Bruce Cabot ... Frank Denton
Esther Dale ... Mrs. 'Gram' Richards
Roy Roberts ... Jeff Nix
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Jim - the Cook
Burl Ives ... Willie


Clint Barkley (MacMurray) first sees Smoky as a runaway, and drives him back to the ranch where he meets the owner, Julie Richards (Anne Baxter). He is given a job on her ranch, but the head cowhand is doubtful about Clint and fears that since he refuses to talk about himself, he must have some dreadful secret in his past. Clint and Smoky become close to each other, weathering the hardships of Western life and the suspicions of others together, until one day, Smoky tragically vanishes. Will Clint ever see him again? Written by melissa-bur

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Plot Keywords:

cow | guitarist | iou | ranch | bronco | See All (20) »


Drama | Family | Western


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Release Date:

26 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Will James' Smoky See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Burl Ives. See more »


When Smoky is dragging a wounded Clint, the horse is plainly dragging a dummy, as evidenced by the stiffness of the 'body' and, in one instance, by the dummy's hand getting caught on the stirrup, leaving the crooked arm poking up into the air in an extremely unnatural position. See more »


Clint Barkley: [as Julie prepares to untape his ribs] Oh, don't, don't, don't, don't, don't!
Julie Richards: I haven't even started!
Clint Barkley: Yes, but you were going to.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue (1982) See more »

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11 June 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

You know, it's the sort of film that's near impossible to write about because it's the simplicity of it all that makes it worth watching. The kind of film that I could never watch again yet after taking it in I had a smile on my face and a little lump in my throat. The film sees Fred MacMurray as a sort of drifting cowhand type who gets given a job by pocket dynamo rancher gal Anne Baxter. This brings him into contact with a wild horse known as Smoky and a true friendship between man and beast blossoms. Enter nasty man who steals horse away.......

There's few surprises along the way and the dialogue is often stilted, but it hits the spot of most who come into contact with it. It's directed by Louis King and the support cast features Bruce Cabot and a warbling merrily Burl Ives. Location work is out of Utah, while the film's interesting trivia sees it as the first known film work of Western character actor Slim Pickens. Safe family friendly Oater that is as warm as Grandma's freshly cooked apple pie. 7/10

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