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The Forest Rangers (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 April 1943 (Mexico)
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Ranger Don Stuart, pursuing a forest arsonist, finds time to romance a socialite.

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George Marshall

Writers:

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

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 Kenneth Griffith ... Ranger
Keith Richards ... Ranger
William Cabanne William Cabanne ... Ranger
Jimmy Conlin ... Otto Hanson
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed during a real forest fire outside Lakeview, Oregon. Although provided with heat-resistant film, the camera crew had to quit filming when their film began to melt. See more »

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Referenced in Twister (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

JINGLE JANGLE JINGLE
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by chorus
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The Lives of Forest Rangers!
23 April 2010 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Fred MacMurray is a forest ranger, obviously, and Susan Hayward is the woman he loves. Correction: she loves him, and he treats her like one of the boys. He later meets Paulette Goddard, and they get hitched, supplying the plot of rivalry between Susan and Paulette. Costarring Regis Toomey and Brian Donlevy, this movie contains a mixture of light comedy and soap opera-ish drama, making it a cross between the TV show "Dallas" and Carol Burnett's soap opera send-off, "Fresno" in the eighties (which I wish they would put on DVD.) And, the fires will knock you out and look like something out of "Backdraft." You literally can feel the heat, they're so real. I was very impressed with the fact they didn't cut corners in showing the real thing in an old movie like this. In fact, I was very impressed with everything for such a little unknown movie, which I think you will too.


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