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The opening title reads: "Twentieth Century-Fox presents Will James' Smoky." Although July 1945 Hollywood Reporter production charts place Brad Russell in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been determined. This was Burl Ives' first film. Orchestral arranger Arthur Morton's name is misspelled "Morten" in the onscreen credits. According to documents in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the studio bought the rights to Will James's novel in 1933 for the sum of $15,000. The novel first appeared serially in Scribner's Magazine (Apr-July 1926). Smoky was filmed around Kanab, Utah and in the Paiute Indian country of Northern Arizona, as well as at rodeos in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ogden, Utah and Flagstaff, Arizona. A radio adaptation was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on March 24, 1947 and starred Joel McCrea. Eugene Forde directed Victor Jory and Irene Bentley in Fox's first version of Smoky (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4162). Arcola Pictures produced another version of James' novel in 1966. Also entitled Smoky, it was directed by George Sherman and starred Fess Parker and Diana Hyland (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4577).