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In Old California (1942)

Passed | | Action, Romance, Western | 31 May 1942 (USA)
During the California Gold Rush, Boston pharmacist Tom Craig sets up shop in Sacramento where he clashes with local town crook Britt Dawson.

Director:

William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writers:

Gertrude Purcell (screenplay), Frances Hyland (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Tom Craig
Binnie Barnes ... Lacey Miller
Albert Dekker ... Britt Dawson
Helen Parrish ... Ellen Sanford
Patsy Kelly ... Helga
Edgar Kennedy ... Kegs McKeever
Dick Purcell ... Joe Dawson
Harry Shannon ... Mr. Carlin
Charles Halton ... Mr. Hayes
Emmett Lynn ... Whitey
Robert McKenzie ... Mr. Bates (as Bob McKenzie)
Milton Kibbee ... Ezra Tompkins (as Milt Kibbee)
Paul Sutton ... Chick - Dawson's Henchman
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Tompkins
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Storyline

Boston pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento, where he runs afoul of local political boss Britt Dawson, who exacts protection payment from the citizenry. Dawson frames Craig with poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Runs the River See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The parrot's second line was done by a fellow speaking in a falsetto voice. The parrot's first line was ad-libbed by the parrot. See more »

Quotes

Britt Dawson: That'll teach ya to lay hands on the lady I aim to marry.
Tom Craig: Oh, well in that case I offer my sincerest apologies.
Britt Dawson: Apologies for walloping ya?
Tom Craig: No, for treating your bride-to-be like a package.
Britt Dawson: What kind of lingo is this?
Lacey Miller: Oh, he's from Boston.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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California Joe
Written by Johnny Marvin and Fred Rose
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Good Old Time Western
4 February 2009 | by AnirishmanstaleSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this early western. Most of the oaters that came out of the 40s, even the ones honored to have John Wayne in them were not ones to be remembered in years to come as classics. This one is definitely a cut above the cookie cutter variety of that era. John Wayne plays a Boston bred pharmacist who is dapper and very sure of himself when it comes to either being strong and forceful, or brimming with confidence in regards to the ladies. Although there is some of the usual fisticuffs and shootouts, this is not a typical western with multiple gunfights and saloon brawls. Its just a bit more on the civilized side for that early era. Whether your an old time John Wayne fan, or just a wannabe cowpoke like me that longs for the good old days of television when the western was king, I think this is one definitely worth your time to sit a spell for...


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