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
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 »
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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