Seldom seen 1952 action film starring Richard Widmark and Richard Boone about forest fire fighters in Montana. Charlie has a small part as one of the "smoke jumpers". Also in the cast was another young actor named Gregory Walcott. He'd go on to appear in several Clint Eastwood films and star in the infamous "Plan 9 from Outer Space".
The 6'4" Walcott wrote an autobiography titled "Hollywood Adventures" and has a chapter on Charlie. The two young actors became friendly during the film's production and occasionally Bronson would give Walcott a ride home after work. At the 20th Century Fox studio commisary they'd sit and watch Marlon Brando eat lunch. Both were intrigued by Brando's silence and brooding.
The two actors didn't see one another for almost 40 years until they happened to bump into one another in Westwood. Walcott approached Charlie and reintroduced himself. Charlie shook his hand and said, "Sure, Greg. I remember you well." They continued to talk and reminisce for a bit. When Walcott mentioned that Charlie had done very well in his career since their "Red Skies" days, Charlie shrugged and said, "I got lucky."
Walcott later heard through the media that Jill Ireland had been diagnosed with cancer and realized that Charlie was probably in the area because UCLA Medical Center was nearby. Charlie never mentioned Jill being sick.
Interesting... Bronson is almost invisible in "RED SKIES OF MONTANA", but he has one or two close ups, for a few seconds. I know Richard Crenna made his debut in this film, but I've been unable to recognize him. Quite a good little film, by the way. Henry Hathaway, uncredited, directed the fire sequences.