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In Old California (1942)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  31 May 1942 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Tom Craig
Lacey Miller
Britt Dawson
Helen Parrish ...
Ellen Sanford
Edgar Kennedy ...
Kegs McKeever
Dick Purcell ...
Joe Dawson
Harry Shannon ...
Mr. Carlin
Mr. Hayes
Emmett Lynn ...
Robert McKenzie ...
Mr. Bates (as Bob McKenzie)
Milton Kibbee ...
Ezra Tompkins (as Milt Kibbee)
Paul Sutton ...
Chick - Dawson's henchman
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Tompkins


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 <>

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Gold Runs the River  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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John Wayne plays a druggist. In real life, his father was a licensed pharmacist. See more »


Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »


There's Gold in the Hills
Music by David Buttolph
Lyrics by Sol Meyer
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Good Old Time Western
4 February 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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