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Wildcat (1942)

 -  Drama  -  3 September 1942 (USA)
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Wildcatter Johnny Maverick and his pal, Chicopee Nevins are speeding toward Antril Bend, a small town in the oil region, that has offered $25,000 to the person bringing in the first oil ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Johnny Maverick
Arline Judge ...
Nan Deering
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Oliver Westbrook
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Mike Rawlins (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
'Watchfob' Jones
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Harold 'Chicopee' Nevins
Ralph Sanford ...
'Grits' O'Malley
Alec Craig ...
Joseph D. Campbell
John Dilson ...
Gus Sloane
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John 'Paw' Smithers
Jessica Newcombe ...
Martha 'Maw' Smithers
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Bud Smithers (as Billy Benedict)
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Wildcatter Johnny Maverick and his pal, Chicopee Nevins are speeding toward Antril Bend, a small town in the oil region, that has offered $25,000 to the person bringing in the first oil well.They accidentally find oil on the town's outskirts, and Johnny writes a $4000 hot check for the property. He covers that by having Chicopee sell his half interest to oil promoter Gus Sloane for $7000. Sloane hires a crew to start drilling on his half of the property, with Johnny's old enemy, Mile Rawlins as his foreman. Rawlins sabotages Johnny's rig, causing Chicopee's death. Confidence man Oliver Westbrook and his confederate, Nan Dearing hatch a plan to swindle Johnny by having Nan pose as Chicopee's sister. It works and Johnny makes Nan his partner. Another accident staged by Rawlins forces Johnny to sign a note to get money for repair. Nan falls in love with Johnny and abandons her plan to swindle him. As the note deadline approaches, Johnny learns that Sloane has purchased it as a means of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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OIL! He can dig it out of the ground! He can dish it out to the dames! See more »

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Ambição Sem Freio  »

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Maverick hits pay dirt
8 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Seasoned con-man Arlen teams up with the diminutive Cook and the two inadvertently discover black gold then trade their discovery for mining rights in the hope of making it rich. Meanwhile, card shark (Frawley) and his partner (Judge) roll into town and see an opportunity to swindle Arlen out of his fortune, but Judge begins to waver with respect for the labours of Arlen and his crew, and the budding romance that evolves.

Strictly B-grade fare is entertaining enough to pass the time, and the 68 minutes it takes to tell the story is ample. Arlen is a charismatic and professional leading man, Judge a feisty brunette and the supporting cast includes Buster Crabbe (no disrespect to Mr. Crabbe but watch for the scene in which he has fisticuffs with Arlen and takes a dive minus the punch) as a competing interest for the oil deposit and wily Arthur Hunnicutt as Arlen's trusted foreman.

There's a reasonably exciting climax and generally the film is well paced. Not too heavy, not too light, a reasonable prospecting tale with some likable characters and mild excitement.


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