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Smoky (1966 film)

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Directed byGeorge Sherman
Screenplay byHarold Medford
Lillie Hayward
Dwight Cummins
Dorothy Yost
Based onSmoky the Cowhorse
by Will James
Produced byAaron Rosenberg
StarringFess Parker
Diana Hyland
Katy Jurado
Hoyt Axton
CinematographyJack Swain
Edited byJoseph Silver
Music byLeith Stevens
Arcola Pictures
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

Smoky is a 1966 American Western film, directed by George Sherman and starring Fess Parker, Diana Hyland, Katy Jurado and Hoyt Axton. The third of three film adaptations of the 1926 novel Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James, it utilizes the screenplay from the 1946 film.

It earned rentals in the US and Canada of $4 million.[1]


A cowboy finds,and captures,then patiently trains a beautiful black wild stallion until a bond develops between the two that is ultimately unbreakable.The cowboy's brother however needing money to pay off gambling debts signed in his brother's name tries to trade the horse sneakily. While trying to sneak him out of his pen at night,the horse however senses something is wrong and struggles against being taken and beaten and in the process accidentally kills the brother.In process the horse and his cowboy are separated when it runs off during the incident.The cowboy goes looking for him fearing others will kill the horse over his reputation.Sadly he does not find him.The cowboy joins the army shortly after and the horse eventually winds up being sold to perform on the rodeo circuit and then to a junk dealer.After the cowboy returns from military service he sets out to find his beloved horse and is soon reunited.There is also a love story between the cowboy and the female owner of the ranch that plays out under the radar over the course the movie.



According to Fox records, the film needed to earn $2,100,000 in rentals to break even and made $1,675,000, meaning it made a loss.[2]


  1. ^ "All-time Film Rental Champs", Variety, 7 January 1976 p 50
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 325.

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