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Fighting Thru; or, California in 1878 (1930)

Passed  -  Romance | Western  -  25 December 1930 (USA)
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Dan and Tennessee are successful gold miners. Ace Brady learns of their success and sends Fox to rob them. During the robbery Fox shoots Tennessee and Ace arrives to arrest Dan for the murder. Dan escapes but is now a wanted man.



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Cast overview:
Alice Malden
Wallace MacDonald ...
George 'Tennessee' Malden
William L. Thorne ...
Ace Brady, (as W.L. Thorne)
Charles King ...
Henchman Fox Tyson
Fred Burns ...
Sheriff Miles Clay
Tom Bay ...


Miner Dan Barton (Ken Maynard) and his partner George Malden, known as "Tennessee", have hit a strike on their claim, and Dan returns to their cabin to find that Malden has departed to meet his sister, Alice (Jeanette Loff), who is arriving on the stage from Tennessee to join her brother. Dan knows that Malden has a weakness for drink, gambling and girls and follows him to town, where he finds him playing cards with gamblers Fox Tyson (Charles King) and saloon owner Ace Brady (William Thorne) who, with the aid of bar girl Queenie (Carmelita Geraghty), are well on their way to cheating him out of his share of the claim. Dan puts the stop to that, but Malden is killed by Tyson and Dan is framed for the killing. He escapes and saves Alice from a stagecoach disaster, and takes her to his and Malden's cabin, but doesn't let her know he is wanted for the death of her brother. But Ace and Tyson quickly inform her, and are well on their way to getting all of the Barton/Malden gold mine. The ... Written by Les Adams <>

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miner | gold | cabin | song | stagecoach | See All (56) »


Romance | Western






Release Date:

25 December 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California in 1878  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fair creaker.
23 August 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is one of Ken Maynards earliest talkies, and although it's stilted, it is fairly worth watching. Although there is no soundtrack, you get the feeling of a real western, which is something not a lot of other 'B' westerns can manage. As for the performances, Maynard turns in the only good one.

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