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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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Passed | See all certifications »

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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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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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The Real Story
1 February 2007 | by jspotter1950See all my reviews

This film is based on an actual event, the Mann Gulch Fire, documented by the late Norman MacLean in his deeply moving book, "Young Men and Fire", where a team of smoke jumpers landed, confidently, on a hillside but were suddenly confronted by a firestorm, chasing them up a steep hill. One of the group, the team leader, lit a grass fire, jumped into the ashes, and survived. All but two of his comrades were burned to death in their futile attempt to escape.

MacClean wrote his book in his last years. He actually saw the Mann Gulch fire as a younger man, I would recommend this book to anyone. There are no braver people in the world than smoke jumpers.


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