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Green Fire (1954)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 29 December 1954 (USA)
In Colombia, mining engineer Rian Mitchell discovers Carrero, the lost emerald mine of the Conquistadors, but has to contend with notorious local bandit El Moro's gang and with coffee planter Catherine Knowland's love.


Andrew Marton




Complete credited cast:
Stewart Granger ... Rian X. Mitchell
Grace Kelly ... Catherine Knowland
Paul Douglas ... Vic Leonard
John Ericson ... Donald Knowland
Murvyn Vye ... El Moro
José Torvay ... Manuel (as Jose Torvay)
Robert Tafur Robert Tafur ... Father Ripero
Joe Dominguez Joe Dominguez ... Jose
Nacho Galindo ... Officer Perez
Charlita Charlita ... Dolores
Natividad Vacío ... Hernandez
Rico Alaniz ... Antonio
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Roberto
Bobby Dominguez Bobby Dominguez ... Juan


Rian Mitchell discovers an emerald deposit in South America, but gets chased away before he can start to mine. He tricks his partner, Vic, into returning to the site. While there, he meets Catherine and Donald Knowland, siblings who run a coffee plantation. Rian falls for Catherine and is torn between his love for her and his love for the "green fire" of emeralds. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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BANDIT HORDE! The banditos of El Moro on a blood-thirsty rampage! See more »


Adventure | Drama


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Grace Kelly appeared in ads for Max Factor Colorfast Lipstick with co-star Stewart Granger. See more »


The wheelbarrows being loaded to take up to the mine are not an industrial/mining wheelbarrow. They are common shallow garden wheelbarrows of the type found in the US in the 50's and 60's. They are shallow and very light weight. Not the type that would be seen in a mining operation. See more »


Rian X. Mitchell: Oh Cathy, stop thinking like a woman! You're fighting a losing battle down there. Why try and hang on there when the rainbow's up here?
Catherine Knowland: You're right, Rian. I was thinking like a woman. I was thinking of my Grandfather and how he hacked a plantation out of the wilderness. And my father who made it his life. And all that's gone into it: love and feeling and pride. Things you wouldn't know about. Things you can't buy with your emeralds!
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Referenced in Grace Kelly (1983) See more »


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There's magic in green fire
4 July 2013 | by jhkpSee all my reviews

MGM adventure set in Colombia (and beautifully filmed there). Stewart Granger plays a somewhat hapless, but charming, down-on-his-luck mining engineer, hoping to make a big emerald strike. Paul Douglas plays his solid, more practical partner, who's about to quit the game and take a job in Canada, when he's persuaded by Granger to give it one last go.

Granger has an accident and ends up recuperating at a comfortable coffee plantation owned by lovely Grace Kelly and her brother, John Ericson. Granger and Grace fall for one another, but complications ensue, including conflicting ethics.

Yes, you've seen it all before, and despite top stars and first-class production values, as well as landslides, animal attacks, a villain called El Moro, and Granger with his shirt off, the picture still comes across as a bit of a potboiler.

On the plus side, Granger and Kelly are both more nonchalant and casual than usual. In a far cry from her Hitchcock outings, Grace even drives a Jeep, rides horseback, gets dirty and wet, and performs manual labor. All in Helen Rose designs.

If you don't take any of it very seriously, you'll probably enjoy "Green Fire." It's one of those movies that doesn't grip you right away, or even in the first hour. When movies were meant to be seen in theaters, filmmakers were free to set up the story slowly, because the audience wasn't going anywhere. They weren't going to change the channel. This picture sets everything up solidly, eventually leading to an exciting climax and satisfying conclusion.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grünes Feuer See more »


Box Office


$1,768,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)


Color (Eastmancolor) (as Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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