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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

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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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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Listless, 26 November 2007
Author: jbacks3 from United States

These Maisie B-programmers were all based on a tough-as-nails (yet tea-totaling) 30-ish Brooklyn dame who finds herself in some oddball situation where she's broke &/or stranded and manages to get herself out of the jam and help &/or enlighten nearly everyone she comes into contact with (usually landing a $25/week job in the process). Here she's finds herself STRANDED in the middle of Arizona in a broken down Model A (the thing's just 9 years old and had the snot beat out of it) 100-miles late for a singing job in some dive. She meets an anti-social Lee Bowman and his inexplicable sidekick Slim Summerville (imagine Tom Poston's role on Newhart without the humor) and encounters a family of displaced Arkansas sharecroppers traveling to a gold strike (imagine Grapes of Wrath) after her job falls through. The gold strike is back near Bowman's property. This is one of the most meandering and dull Maisies ever made (remember the production was plagued by a change in directors). Absolutely no drama--- the only mildly curious aspect is why Bowman is the way he is (did he discover gold and is hidin' it?). Whatever buildup there is in the plot is deflated at the end, except for the 'Gold is where you find it' theme. It's also got the tragic Scotty Beckett in the role of the sharecropper's kid. Ann's still quite cute and makes with the snappy comebacks, but this entry amounts to nothing much more worthy than a rainy day time waster. Yawn...

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