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Ring of Fire (1960)/Lost film

January 15th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · 4 Comments · 1960's, Lost film, Oregon film old definition, Oregon location (primary)

Ring of Fire is about a sheriff who tangles with three hoods who get the upper hand, kidnap him, take him to the woods, put him in a sexually compromising position, and then somehow there’s a train crash and a forest fire.

The whole town of Vernonia was cast as the whole town of Vernonia. At one time there was an annual tradition of playing Ring of Fire at the local movie theater, and everyone would go to watch themselves on the big screen. Sometimes, they would run this David Janssen/ Frank Gorshin teen-punks-take-over-a-small-town-forest-fire film for an entire month.

That’s my kind of town! A whole community of film buffs.

Which explains why, of all the small logging towns across the state, Vernonia was selected as the shooting location for some key scenes in Twilight.

Like many of the films I call “lost” , Ring of Fire is available for sale on DVD if you poke around the internet.

I have never seen Ring of Fire. I hereby claim it as an Oregon film.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Elvis Nelson // Dec 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

    This film is one of my top 2 movies: The other movie at the top of my list is North by Northwest. David Janssen is one of my top actors and this film has great suspense throughout the movie. I have a copy of the film (tape from TCM) — wish I had an original copy!
    A GREAT FILM!!!!

  • 2 Anne Richardson // Dec 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Dear Elvis,

    I have never seen Ring Of Fire, but you have motivated me to change that!


  • 3 Jerry D. McConkey // Jan 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I have seen it a few times when I was a young boy living in the state of Washington, and that was before the Quinault forest fire. It was an outstanding movie. I loved that movie, I just wish I could get a DVD of it. I would really like to see that movie again

  • 4 Anne Richardson // Jan 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I keep hearing that! I’d like to see it too.

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