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Gold Rush Daze (1939)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  25 February 1939 (USA)
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A man stops for gas on his way to dig for gold. The man at the station tells him what it was like back in 1849 in San Francisco, which we see. A sucker is hauled off the street and sat down... See full summary »




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Uncredited cast:
Cop / Seabiscuit (voice) (uncredited)


A man stops for gas on his way to dig for gold. The man at the station tells him what it was like back in 1849 in San Francisco, which we see. A sucker is hauled off the street and sat down at a card game; he dashes off as soon as someone shouts "they found gold in the hills" but others stake claims before he can. He ends up chopping off a cliff, falling down, and landing in the hospital. The doctor gives him news of another gold strike and he rushes out to begin panning. After some more mining gags and a song, we see a montage of more failed gold strikes. Back to the present day, where the storyteller claims to have sworn off gold, until a rider passes through with news of another strike, when he trades the station for the car and sets out after the gold. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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25 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when the car is tearing down the road at the beginning and at the end
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Not a classic, but it could give you a chuckle
28 July 2007 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

For a while, when I was very young, watching animated shorts from the 1930s and '40s on video was a regular hobby for me. Watching many of these cartoons over a decade later, some of them don't do anything for me anymore, while others I still find amusing, even if they don't do as much for me as they did way back. "Gold Rush Daze" is one of the latter. When I watched this 1939 cartoon for the first time in many years, I was mildly disappointed. However, I have watched it several more times since then, and have found it just slightly funnier.

A man stops at a gas station. He very quickly and anxiously tells the man who runs the station to put some gas in his car, and is asked why he is in such a hurry. He tells the station owner that he's about to dig for gold. The station owner then laughs and tells him that it's a useless idea, since there's no gold to be found, no matter where one searches. He then then begins to tell the man in the car the story of his long, troubled search for gold back in 1849, as we are shown in flashback.

Some cartoons from around this time may still be considered classics today, while others have been forgotten. Since it appears that no one else has commented on "Gold Rush Daze" on IMDb yet, it's obviously one of the more obscure ones of its time. I can understand this, as it's not very memorable, and may be a bit dated. However, I've definitely seen much worse excuses for comedy. This short does have some reasonable slapstick gags, and could be enjoyable for fans of these old cartoons, especially kids. I'm not quite sure about the availability of this Merrie Melodies piece right now, but for hardcore fans of these old animated shorts, it might be worth looking for.

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