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Ring of Fire (1961 film)

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Ring of Fire
Directed byAndrew L. Stone
Produced byAndrew L. Stone
Screenplay byAndrew L. Stone
StarringDavid Janssen
Joyce Taylor
Frank Gorshin
Music byDuane Eddy
CinematographyWilliam H. Clothier
Edited byVirginia L. Stone
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 14, 1961 (1961-06-14)
Running time
91 min.
CountryUnited States

Ring of Fire is a 1961 Metrocolor Drama directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring David Janssen, Joyce Taylor and Frank Gorshin. The film was shot in Vernonia, Oregon and Wynoochee River, Washington, featuring footage from two real forest fires.[1] The title song was written and performed by Duane Eddy.


A deputy sheriff, Steve Walsh, encounters a trio of young people in Washington between Shelton and Aberdeen in rural Mason County forest and is taken hostage when the girl, Bobbie, produces a gun. Bobbie later tries to seduce Walsh, who is twice her age and resists. Her companion, Roy, tries to push Walsh off a cliff, but plummets to his own death instead.

When a search party comes to Walsh's rescue, one of his captors, Frank, accuses the lawman of having improper relations with Bobbie, who is a minor. Before the matter can be resolved, a cigarette carelessly tossed by Frank earlier sets the forest ablaze.

Townspeople are evacuated, led by Walsh, who knows the region better than most. He successfully herds them aboard a train that leads across a bridge to safety, but Frank, trying to flee, falls from the trestle and is killed.


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