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Red Skies of Montana (1952)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | February 1952 (USA)
Drama dealing with the hazardous work of the U. S. Forest Service's paratroop fire-fighters in Montana.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Harry Kleiner (screenplay), Art Cohn (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Cliff Mason
Constance Smith ... Peg Mason
Jeffrey Hunter ... Edward J. (Ed) Miller
Richard Boone ... Richard 'Dick' Dryer
Warren Stevens ... Steve Burgess
James Griffith ... Boise Peterson
Joe Sawyer ... R.A. (Pop) Miller
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Storyline

When a large forest fire breaks out in the mountains of Montana, a squad of 'Smoke Jumpers', the paratroop-corps of fire-fighters in the U. S. Forest Service, is flown to the scene from their regional headquarters in Missoula, Montana. The Forest Rangers, under Cliff Mason, put out the blaze, but several of the fire-fighters are killed. Ed Miller, son of one of the dead rangers, thinks he died because Mason was a coward, and sets out to prove it. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The "Smoke Jumpers" hit the screen in Red Skies of Montana


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smoke Jumpers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Montana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Watch for a very brief, uncredited appearance by Charles Bronson. He's shown for a few seconds as a cook in the mess hall, holding a soup ladle. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes in which they are flying over and dropping into fires, there are actually no fires to be seen. See more »

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I remember this movie.
1 July 2013 | by jrcumminsjrSee all my reviews

I was a kid, when it first appeared on "Saturday Night at the Movies" in the early sixties. Sat and watched it with my sister and mom. Haven't seen it listed much since then, and certainly not recently. This and the movie "The Halls of Montezuma" made me a Richard Widmark fan. And Jeffrey Hunter was a favorite as well. Made in 1952, the year of my birth, I remember it for its vivid color and mountainous beauty. Yesterday's (June 30, 2013) announcement of the death of 19 smoke-jumpers in Arizona had me spot on with the memory of "The Red Skies of Montana"! Got the name, the stars, and year of release all correct. Now, that's an impressive movie. I highly recommend it.


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