Smith! (1969)

102 mins | Comedy-drama, Western | April 1969

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HISTORY

The 10 Jun 1968 DV announced that Glenn Ford would star in the forthcoming Walt Disney Productions film, Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Paul St. Pierre. Michael O’Herlihy was set to direct the picture, scheduled to begin principal photography at Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, on 15 Jul 1968.
       With production underway, the 23 Jul 1968 DV reported that Ford had broken three ribs when he rode a horse into a tree while filming scenes on location at Universal Studios backlot in Universal City, CA. The 21 Mar 1969 DV review stated that filming also occurred in Washington and Idaho.
       The 24 Jul 1968 Var noted that television actor Roger Ewing would make his theatrical film debut in the picture, and the 12 Aug 1968 DV added Ricky Cordell to the cast.
       According to the 13 Oct 1968 LAT, filming had recently completed. The 23 Oct 1968 DV reported that Ford was currently performing looping for the picture.
       On 13 Dec 1968, DV announced a title change to Smith! The 5 Mar 1969 Var indicated that an Easter release date was set (Easter fell on 6 Apr 1969). The 2 Apr 1969 LAT review confirmed that Smith! had just opened citywide at theaters in Los Angeles, CA. The review deemed the film a “poignant, timely” family picture, noting its “head-on” look at social injustice and ... More Less

The 10 Jun 1968 DV announced that Glenn Ford would star in the forthcoming Walt Disney Productions film, Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Paul St. Pierre. Michael O’Herlihy was set to direct the picture, scheduled to begin principal photography at Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, on 15 Jul 1968.
       With production underway, the 23 Jul 1968 DV reported that Ford had broken three ribs when he rode a horse into a tree while filming scenes on location at Universal Studios backlot in Universal City, CA. The 21 Mar 1969 DV review stated that filming also occurred in Washington and Idaho.
       The 24 Jul 1968 Var noted that television actor Roger Ewing would make his theatrical film debut in the picture, and the 12 Aug 1968 DV added Ricky Cordell to the cast.
       According to the 13 Oct 1968 LAT, filming had recently completed. The 23 Oct 1968 DV reported that Ford was currently performing looping for the picture.
       On 13 Dec 1968, DV announced a title change to Smith! The 5 Mar 1969 Var indicated that an Easter release date was set (Easter fell on 6 Apr 1969). The 2 Apr 1969 LAT review confirmed that Smith! had just opened citywide at theaters in Los Angeles, CA. The review deemed the film a “poignant, timely” family picture, noting its “head-on” look at social injustice and prejudice. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Jun 1968
p. 1.
Daily Variety
21 Jun 1968
p. 6.
Daily Variety
25 Jun 1968
p. 7.
Daily Variety
23 Jul 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
12 Aug 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
23 Oct 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 Dec 1968
p. 8.
Daily Variety
21 Mar 1969
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
13 Oct 1968
Section C, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
2 Apr 1969
Section H, p. 14.
Variety
24 Jul 1968
p. 7.
Variety
5 Mar 1969
p. 17.
Variety
30 Apr 1969
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Walt Disney Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir indian actors workshop
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
SOUND
Sd supv
Sd mix
Music ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse by Paul St. Pierre (Chicago, 1966).
SONGS
"The Ballad of Smith and Gabriel Jimmyboy," words and music by Bob Russell, sung by Bob Russell.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse
Release Date:
April 1969
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: week of 2 April 1969
Production Date:
began 15 July 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
11 March 1969
Copyright Number:
LP36580
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
102
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Smith lives on a small ranch with Norah, his wife, and their ten-year-old son, Albie. Upon returning from a three-day trip, Smith learns that Gabriel Jimmyboy, a young Indian suspected of murder, has taken refuge on his property in the shack belonging to Smith's Indian blood brother, Ol' Antoine. Smith, who believes that Jimmyboy is innocent and will get a fair trial, tries to persuade Antoine to turn in Jimmyboy and use the reward money to hire a good lawyer, but the young Indian does not believe Smith and sends him away. Albie and his Indian friend Peterpaul find Jimmyboy hiding in the woods, and they bring him food. They are forced to reveal Jimmyboy's whereabouts to Smith when they learn that Vince, the Indian-hating deputy sheriff and Eddie, his assistant, along with some tracking dogs, are on his trail. Smith and Albie rush to warn Jimmyboy, but Antoine has already turned him in to the sheriff and collected the reward. The Indian haying crew the Smiths are relying on to cut their hay arrive but only to say that they are leaving to attend Jimmyboy's trial. Smith goes, too, when he learns that Antoine is also in jail. Smith gets Antoine freed and replaces Walter Charlie, a conniving Indian, as interpreter at the trial. Antoine's testimony describing the injustices done to the Indians in the past impresses the judge and jury, and Jimmyboy is freed. After the trial, Smith returns home to cut the hay alone, but the Indians soon come to help, and Antoine, after many months of promise, begins breaking Albie's prize ... +


Smith lives on a small ranch with Norah, his wife, and their ten-year-old son, Albie. Upon returning from a three-day trip, Smith learns that Gabriel Jimmyboy, a young Indian suspected of murder, has taken refuge on his property in the shack belonging to Smith's Indian blood brother, Ol' Antoine. Smith, who believes that Jimmyboy is innocent and will get a fair trial, tries to persuade Antoine to turn in Jimmyboy and use the reward money to hire a good lawyer, but the young Indian does not believe Smith and sends him away. Albie and his Indian friend Peterpaul find Jimmyboy hiding in the woods, and they bring him food. They are forced to reveal Jimmyboy's whereabouts to Smith when they learn that Vince, the Indian-hating deputy sheriff and Eddie, his assistant, along with some tracking dogs, are on his trail. Smith and Albie rush to warn Jimmyboy, but Antoine has already turned him in to the sheriff and collected the reward. The Indian haying crew the Smiths are relying on to cut their hay arrive but only to say that they are leaving to attend Jimmyboy's trial. Smith goes, too, when he learns that Antoine is also in jail. Smith gets Antoine freed and replaces Walter Charlie, a conniving Indian, as interpreter at the trial. Antoine's testimony describing the injustices done to the Indians in the past impresses the judge and jury, and Jimmyboy is freed. After the trial, Smith returns home to cut the hay alone, but the Indians soon come to help, and Antoine, after many months of promise, begins breaking Albie's prize Appaloosa. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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