The New Pictures, Jul. 8, 1946

Smoky (20th Century-Fox) is the story of a long, beautiful, rather intense friendship between Fred MacMurray and a horse. An expert Technicolor treatment of Will James's famed (32 editions), 20-year-old novel, the picture is a big-budget Western designed to delight small boys of all ages.

Very little film footage is wasted on what youthful horse-opera fans impatiently call "love stuff." What there is plenty of: gorgeous outdoor backgrounds of feverishly tinted canyons and corrals; convincing skullduggery by a lowdown villain (Bruce Cabot); wonderful incidental ballad singing (Blue Tail Fly and a Johnston office...

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