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Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
26 July 1940 (USA) See more »
IT'S A LAUGH RUSH! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier

Lee Bowman ... Bill Anders

Slim Summerville ... Fred Gubbins

Virginia Weidler ... Jubie Davis

Mary Nash ... Sarah Davis
John F. Hamilton ... Bert Davis
Scotty Beckett ... Harold Davis
Irving Bacon ... Harry Gilpin
Louis Mason ... Elmo Beecher
Victor Kilian Jr. ... Ned Sullivan (as Victor Killian Jr.)
Wallace Reid Jr. ... Matt Sullivan
Virginia Sale ... Mrs. Harry Gilpin
Frank Orth ... Harris
Kathryn Sheldon ... Mrs. Sullivan

Eddy Waller ... Ben Hartley
Charles Judels ... Hula Paradise Cafe owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Chandler ... (scenes deleted)
Malvern Gilmartin
Lew Harvey ... (scenes deleted)
Henry Sylvester ... Prospector (scenes deleted)

Ray Teal ... Prospector (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Appleby ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Wife of Prospector Hearing About Free Land (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Mrs. Hartley (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Mrs. Carter (uncredited)

Clem Bevans ... 'Pop' Graybeard (uncredited)
Anna Chandler ... Mrs. Beecher (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Mrs. Tyler (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Old Timer (uncredited)
Martin Faust ... Mr. Joe Carter (uncredited)
Wesley Giraud ... Albert Tyler (uncredited)
Eddie Gribbon ... Gus - Customer (uncredited)
William Jackie ... Prospector Hearing About Free Land (uncredited)
Cy Kendall ... Assayer (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... William Howard Taft Miggs (uncredited)
Buck Mack ... Frank Tyler (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Charlie - Camp Owner (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Camp Owner with a Pig (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Spencer Smith (uncredited)
Ed O'Neill ... Prospector (uncredited)
Tex Parker ... Sqaure Dance Caller (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Man Outside General Store (uncredited)
Baby Quintanilla ... Gladys Davis - Baby (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Customer in Harry's Diner (uncredited)
Albert Russell ... Prospector (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Drunk Greeting 'Pop' (uncredited)

Directed by
Edwin L. Marin 
J. Walter Ruben (uncredited)
Norman Taurog (uncredited)
Writing credits
Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt) and
Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)

Wilson Collison (original story)

Produced by
J. Walter Ruben .... producer
Original Music by
David Snell 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr.  (as Charles Lawton)
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gabriel Scognamillo .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
William Kaplan .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Tex Parker .... dance instructor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6358)

Did You Know?

Norman Taurog and J. Walter Ruben took over directorial duties during Edwin L. Marin's illness.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Maisie & The Joads, 16 November 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Gold Rush Maisie finds Ann Sothern as the good hearted show girl from Brooklyn going out west with a family that looks remarkably like Joads of Oklahoma. All that was missing was Henry Fonda.

In fact the subject matter was just like The Grapes Of Wrath. Uprooted farmers moving about the country looking for odd jobs in crop picking. Only here rumors of a gold strike are sending a bunch of them west to the Arizona desert. After a bit of kindness on Maisie's part, she hooks up with the Davis family which consists of parents John F. Hamilton, Mary Nash and kid Virginia Weidler, Scotty Beckett and an infant.

All the same problems that John Ford so graphically illustrated and John Steinbeck so graphically wrote about are present in Gold Rush Maisie. Pity that no one with a head as level as Maisie's was around in The Grapes Of Wrath. Many social problems would be solved.

Who'd have thought a film of social significance would have come from the Maisie series, but it did.

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