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Smoke: Part 1 

Chris feels betrayed when his mother marries Cal Finch so soon after his father's death. Feeling alone in his grief Chris encounters a stray dog that helps him deal with his loss and anger.

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Vincent McEveety
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Episode cast overview:
Earl Holliman ... Cal Finch
Ron Howard ... Chris (as Ronny Howard)
Jacqueline Scott ... Fran Fitch
Shug Fisher ... Leroy
Andy Devine ... Mr. Stone
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Susie
Kelly Thordsen ... Mr. Horn
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Chris feels betrayed when his mother marries Cal Finch so soon after his father's death. Feeling alone in his grief Chris encounters a stray dog that helps him deal with his loss and anger.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Smoke from a Distant Fire
8 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After helplessly witnessing his father's death, in a fiery car accident, 14-year-old California boy Ronny Howard (as Chris Long) goes into shock. Overcoming some grief, young Howard must adjust to life with a new stepfather, Earl Holliman (as Cal Fitch). Although Mr. Holliman tries to be fatherly, he only opens old wounds. Howard wants his real father. That is not possible, but could Howard have a dog? Mr. Holliman turns his stepson's request down, as a dog's presence would disrupt Holliman sheep ranching business. When Howard finds a "wild dog", wounded in the woods, he is defiantly determined to keep the animal. This puts young Howard at odds with his stepfather…

"Smoke" is a great story; it's one of those symbolic animal tales Disneyland favors, and can do well. This one surely benefits from William Corbin's original book (adapted by John Furia Jr.) - the young man's transference of love to, and identification with, the wounded animal is nicely done. But, the story's more subtle symbolism (like the "fox in the hen-house") is even better. Howard and Holliman are outstanding, as the disconnected son and stepfather. Of course, Howard uses his acting education from years of appearing in Andy Griffith's "Mayberry"; still, this is a strong, individual characterization. With Jacqueline Scott, Pamelyn Ferdin, and Andy Devine in the cast, "Smoke" is cute and irresistible.

******* Smoke, pt 1 (2/1/70) Vincent McEveety ~ Ron Howard, Earl Holliman, Jacqueline Scott


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