Red Sky at Morning is a sprawling account of a young boy growing up during World War II and learning the lessons of prejudice.
Young Joshua Arnold (Richard Thomas) moves with his mother and father from Alabama to New Mexico in 1942. His father, Frank (Richard Crenna) is going into the Navy and wants to leave his wife and son in the part of the country he loves.
His wife, Ann (Claire Bloom) is a clinging Southern belle – although her accent lapses into British occasionally.
When Joshua goes to his new school he is promptly set upon by two Mexican American boys and rescued by ‘Steenie’ (Desi Arnaz Jr) who explains that as an “Anglo”, Joshua is in a minority and looked upon with suspicion by the Indians and Mexican-Americans.
Steenie and his friend Marcia (Catherine Burns) form a tight friendship with the newcomer and the trio has a series of perilous adventures, with Joshua constantly attacked or threatened by one particularly hostile Mexican boy.
Red Sky is overly long and the film’s modern dialogue – aimed at capturing the 70s youth audience – is completely unrealistic for 1942.
William ‘Steenie’ Stenopolous
Desi Arnaz Jr.
Venery Ann Cloyd
Velva Mae Cloyd