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In Old California (1942)

Approved | | Western | 31 May 1942 (USA)
During the California Gold Rush, Boston pharmacist Tom Craig sets up shop in Sacramento where he clashes with local town crook Britt Dawson.

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Tom Craig
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Lacey Miller
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Britt Dawson
Helen Parrish ...
Ellen Sanford
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Helga
Edgar Kennedy ...
Kegs McKeever
Dick Purcell ...
Joe Dawson
Harry Shannon ...
Mr. Carlin
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Mr. Hayes
Emmett Lynn ...
Whitey
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
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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 poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Gold Runs the River  »

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1.37 : 1
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Actor Albert Dekker was borrowed from Paramount for the production. See more »

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California Joe
Written by Johnny Marvin and Fred Rose
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Sweet singing coyotes.
16 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tall and elegant pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento to open up his own drug store. On route he incurs the wrath of bully boy Britt Dawson, who doesn't take kindly to his Bostonian manners, however Dawson's girl Lacey Miller does, and along with newly acquired friend Kegs McKeever, Tom has the foundation to see his plans thru to fruition, but Dawson and his loose cannon younger brother are determined to get in the way.

This is one of those films that the John Wayne haters should seek out when they use the argument that he always played the same characters. Here he is far from macho, for sure he will be forced to branch out and defend what's right, but his Tom Craig here is gentile and full of grace, very much a gentleman thank you very much. Plot wise we are treated to standard fare, good guys and bad guys just don't get on, and you just know that some pretty dames are going to have a say in proceedings. Yet this piece really has much more going for it, it's sense of fun, courtesy mainly of Edgar Kennedy and Patsy Kelly's blossoming relationship, the advancement of drugs to cure the sick and it's back drop of the Sacremento gold rush, all of it comes together to totally satisfy come the final credits. 7.5/10


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