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In Old California (1942)

 -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Binnie Barnes ...
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
Charles Halton ...
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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Storyline

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 | pharmacist | doctor | vandalism | burro | See more »

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Release Date:

31 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gold Runs the River  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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John Wayne plays a druggist. In real life, his father was a licensed pharmacist. See more »

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Referenced in The Street with No Name (1948) See more »

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California Joe
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not the stereotypical JW movie...
19 June 2002 | by (Chicago area) – See all my reviews

Will begin by saying that I've been a major John Wayne fan all of my life and have seen many many of his movies, and have screened many of those dozens and scores of times. Recently I viewed this title for the first time. Personally, I feel the film was very well done, and in particular is a solid testament to the fact that the Duke had a much better ability to portray different characters than he has often been credited with. Granted, some Wayne movies are superior to others, but this one had tremendous entertainment value and certainly does not deserve the negative reviews I have read of it. The vast majority of John Wayne's movies rate an overall "good" at the very least, and certainly all of them are worth watching once. I highly recommend this one to even the most apathetic, luke-warm John Wayne fans, and even to his most critical detractors as it really was 88 minutes of good entertainment so make some popcorn, snuggle on the couch with your sweetheart and enjoy this unusual John Wayne film...


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