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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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31 May 1942 (USA)  »

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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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very watchable and slight film
26 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a John Wayne film before he became a major star. If you remember this and that this was never meant to be a top-quality film with a big budget, then you will probably see that for what it is, it does very well. This western is a bit better than the average western because Wayne's acting is as good as ever and Albert Dekker is a great villain as well. Plus, the writing is very good for this type of film--with excellent dialog and the plot moves along very nicely as well. So, overall, all the necessary elements for a B-Western are here. Oh, and I almost forgot, it has a lady (Binnie Barnes) who is pretty much there as a plot device (after all, you NEED a woman to come between the men in this type of movie--or so it seems). The bottom line is this is fr from great, but very watchable for those who like the genre.


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