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Gold Rush Maisie (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Maisie Ravier finds herself stranded in an Arizona ghost town with a family of migrant dust bowl refugees. The ghost town, it turns out, may have a gold mine.

Directors:

Edwin L. Marin, J. Walter Ruben (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
Lee Bowman ... Bill Anders
Slim Summerville ... Fred Gubbins
Virginia Weidler ... Jubie Davis
Mary Nash ... Sarah Davis
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Bert Davis
Scotty Beckett ... Harold Davis
Irving Bacon ... Harry Gilpin
Louis Mason ... Elmo Beecher
Victor Kilian Jr. Victor Kilian Jr. ... Ned Sullivan (as Victor Killian Jr.)
Wallace Reid Jr. ... Matt Sullivan
Virginia Sale ... Mrs. Harry Gilpin
Frank Orth ... Harris
Kathryn Sheldon Kathryn Sheldon ... Mrs. Sullivan
Eddy Waller ... Ben Hartley
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Storyline

Maisie becomes attached to a dirt-poor farmer and his family as they try to make ends meet joining hundreds of others digging for gold in a previously panned-out ghost town. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

"Gold! We got it! Brother, I can feel a mink coat snapping and snarling around my ankles right now!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dorada ilusión See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 4 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Altoona PA 19 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 11 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Phoenix 15 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Chicago 28 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Honolulu 2 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Akron 23 January 1958 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Baltimore 4 February 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Peoria 11 February 1958 on WTVH (Channel 19), in New Haven 22 February 1958 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Seattle 10 May 1958 on KING (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 6 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); the Gold Rush finally took Maisie to New York City 16 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when Maisie is frightened and gives out a yell; she gets a loud echo. The only mountains in the area are far off in the distance. There is nothing in the area that would cause an echo. See more »

Quotes

Maisie Ravier: Every man knows somethin' about a car.
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Connections

Followed by Up Goes Maisie (1946) See more »

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The Joads Go Gold-Mining
13 January 2009 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

Back in the old big studio days MGM didn't send their expensive cast and crews out on location if they could possibly keep them back home on the Culver City lot, especially if the story was set in the Arizona desert as this one is. This 1940 studio-bound production is a curiosity: full of phony sound-stage sets pretending to be exteriors, obvious painted backdrops and fuzzy process shots. Ann Southern and Virginia Weilder even have a big sister-little sister talk while walking on a treadmill as a process-shot desert background is projected in the background. No production shot today could get away with all this fakery. On the plus side, the good-hearted screenplay co-written by Mary C. McCall, Jr, president of the Screen Writer's Guild, is one of the few scripts, other than "The Grapes of Wrath," to have dealt sympathetically with the plight of Dust-bowl farm families who moved west in search of a better life.


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