Snowfire (1958)

73 mins | Adventure | 18 May 1958

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HISTORY

Although this film was released in color, only a black-and-white print was available for viewing. The last title card in the opening onscreen credits reads: "Written, Produced and Directed by Dorrell McGowan and Stuart McGowan." Dorrell and Stuart were brothers. The order of the opening cast credits differs from the order of the cast list at the end. "Snowfire" is not seen or heard talking.
       According to a HR news item, Snowfire played at the Cannes Film Festivalin May 1957 as a last minute, special entry. The Var review noted that Snowfire had been shot a year or more earlier than its general release in and around Bryce Canyon, UT, and that a television pilot had been edited from the same footage. The review also stated that Molly and Melodie McGowan were Dorrell McGowan's ... More Less

Although this film was released in color, only a black-and-white print was available for viewing. The last title card in the opening onscreen credits reads: "Written, Produced and Directed by Dorrell McGowan and Stuart McGowan." Dorrell and Stuart were brothers. The order of the opening cast credits differs from the order of the cast list at the end. "Snowfire" is not seen or heard talking.
       According to a HR news item, Snowfire played at the Cannes Film Festivalin May 1957 as a last minute, special entry. The Var review noted that Snowfire had been shot a year or more earlier than its general release in and around Bryce Canyon, UT, and that a television pilot had been edited from the same footage. The review also stated that Molly and Melodie McGowan were Dorrell McGowan's daughters. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Oct 1958.
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Daily Variety
8 Jan 58
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 56
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 1957
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 1957
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 58
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 1958
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Sep 58
p. 977.
Variety
15 Jan 58
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Supv ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd eff ed
SOURCES
SONGS
"Snowfire," music by Hub Atwood, lyrics by Dorrell McGowan, Ed Erwin and Russ Todd
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 May 1958
Production Date:
began early August 1956 at McGowan Brothers Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Snowfire Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 May 1958
Copyright Number:
LP10419
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,574
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18314
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rancher Mike McGowan is attempting to catch a pure white, wild horse named "Snowfire" when the animal comes to the edge of a cliff, jumps into a creek below and swims away. Mike lassoes the horse when it emerges from the water, then is dragged along over the ground, but after a hard struggle, manages to tie it to a tree. Neighboring rancher Carol Hampton rides up with three of her ranchhands and claims that the horse rightly belongs to her as it is on her property. When the three men, brothers Buff, Link and Skip Stoner, threaten to beat Mike, she calls them off but refuses to shake Mike's hand and hits him instead. After Carol leaves, the brothers attack Mike, but are scared off when Mike's ranchhand, Poco, rides up and shoots at them. Later, Mike, the widowed father of two young girls, Melodie and Molly, is attempting to break Snowfire in the corral at his Triple M Ranch, when Molly, the younger of the girls, becomes very upset upon learning that Snowfire is to be branded. Molly then attempts to burn herself with a branding iron in protest and Mike decides not to brand the horse. Thereafter, Molly develops a great friendship with Snowfire. Although Mike changes his mind and decides to brand the horse one morning before Molly wakes up, he discovers Snowfire missing from the corral. Mike rides to Carol's ranch and accuses her of taking the horse, but she denies it and slaps him again. Determined to break Carol of the habit of hitting him, he kisses her. Carol orders Mike to leave and he becomes involved in a fistfight with Buff. Just ... +


Rancher Mike McGowan is attempting to catch a pure white, wild horse named "Snowfire" when the animal comes to the edge of a cliff, jumps into a creek below and swims away. Mike lassoes the horse when it emerges from the water, then is dragged along over the ground, but after a hard struggle, manages to tie it to a tree. Neighboring rancher Carol Hampton rides up with three of her ranchhands and claims that the horse rightly belongs to her as it is on her property. When the three men, brothers Buff, Link and Skip Stoner, threaten to beat Mike, she calls them off but refuses to shake Mike's hand and hits him instead. After Carol leaves, the brothers attack Mike, but are scared off when Mike's ranchhand, Poco, rides up and shoots at them. Later, Mike, the widowed father of two young girls, Melodie and Molly, is attempting to break Snowfire in the corral at his Triple M Ranch, when Molly, the younger of the girls, becomes very upset upon learning that Snowfire is to be branded. Molly then attempts to burn herself with a branding iron in protest and Mike decides not to brand the horse. Thereafter, Molly develops a great friendship with Snowfire. Although Mike changes his mind and decides to brand the horse one morning before Molly wakes up, he discovers Snowfire missing from the corral. Mike rides to Carol's ranch and accuses her of taking the horse, but she denies it and slaps him again. Determined to break Carol of the habit of hitting him, he kisses her. Carol orders Mike to leave and he becomes involved in a fistfight with Buff. Just then, Molly rides up and confesses to her father that she turned Snowfire loose. Mike apologizes to Carol, who rides off in search of the horse, while Mike and Molly return to their ranch. Molly tells her father that Snowfire talks to her, which Mike does not believe, although Molly insists it is true. Over several days, Carol and her men search for Snowfire and are spied upon by Molly, who is hiding the horse. Mike and Poco are also following Snowfire's trail but find only Molly, who insists that Snowfire told her that he wanted to visit his family. Concerned about Molly's "conversations" with the horse, Mike arranges for her to be examined by Dr. Stewart, a psychiatrist. Stewart is convinced that Molly has a fixation and that he can bring her back to reality. After Molly tells the doctor that Snowfire has told her that he has a small son, the doctor asks her to wake up from her dream and tell him that the horse does not talk to her, but she refuses. Stewart then asks to meet Snowfire, and after agreeing to take him to where Snowfire has told her he will be, Molly bets Stewart his car that she can produce the talking horse. The totally bewildered doctor gives up and flees back to the city. Later, while Molly is visiting Snowfire, his mare and foal, Snowfire suddenly becomes agitated and Molly discovers that Carol and the Stoner brothers are nearby. Molly warns Snowfire, then falls from a rock and is knocked unconscious. After Snowfire tries to revive Molly, he whinnies to attract Carol and the men to Molly's location and runs off. Carol takes Molly back to Mike's ranch, where a doctor tells him that Molly has suffered a severe concussion and cannot be moved. Mike now believes that Snowfire attacked Molly. When Molly wakes up she tells her father that she can hear Snowfire galloping toward the ranch and, soon, a whinny is heard from the pasture outside. Mike quietly tells Poco to go and shoot the horse. Molly then reveals that she was briefly with her mother in heaven and how she came to fall off the rock. Realizing that Snowfire is not guilty, Mike rushes to stop Paco, but a shot rings out. However, Paco has missed and Snowfire has returned to the wild. Later, the Stoner brothers discover Snowfire in a canyon and prepare to set a fire to smoke him out. Carol, now involved with the McGowan family, drives to Mike's ranch to warn Molly and Melodie. While Melodie goes to look for their father, Molly rides to the canyon and warns Snowfire, but he is concerned about the safety of his fellow animal friends. Mike rides up and smothers the gasoline fuse set by the Stoners, then fights with Buff, but his brothers arrive and knock Mike out. Suddenly, as they reignite the gasoline, Snowfire rushes past them and they chase after him. Molly finds her father and explains that Snowfire had decided to lead the men away from his animal friends. At the ranch, Carol tends to Mike's facial wounds and they kiss. Molly tells Mike that Snowfire has agreed to be their horse as long as he is not branded and can leave at night to see his family. Molly raises a white flag as a signal for Snowfire to come in and, after some anxious minutes, Snowfire arrives and settles in at the ranch. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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