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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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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 »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally set up with Victor Mature and John Lund (I), but filming was suspended after both Mature and Lund suffered minor injuries, and the project was eventually abandoned. See more »

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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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Wonderful Adventure Film
17 August 2002 | by teuthisSee all my reviews

Red Skies of Montana is one of a series of outstanding adventure films in which Richard Widmark starred during the 1950's. It portrays the dangerous lives of smoke jumpers, who fight fires in the great northwest by parachuting into the flames. Richard Widmark is a team leader, under suspicion after he is the sole survivor from a group of smoke jumpers killed in a massive fire. He can remember nothing of event, yet must resume life amidst the doubts of his comrades. The film adeptly the blends personal lives of the men and women involved, excellent firefighting action, and the suspense created by Richard Widmark's flashbacks of his near fatal event. Jeffrey Hunter plays the vengeful son of one of Widmark's slain team; and Richard Boone adds dimension as the stern, professional commander of the unit. This film is utterly believable. The fire scenes are awesome. Red Skies of Montana portrays a lifestyle that needs no "over the top" fiction or outlandish action to make it thrilling. I think this is a timeless film, and a truly entertaining one. And if you do enjoy it, I recommend "Destination Gobi"; another outstanding Widmark adventure.


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