In Old Oklahoma (1943)

Passed  |   |  Western  |  6 December 1943 (USA)
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In 1906, on Oklahoma's Indian lands, a cowboy fights for oil lease rights against a greedy oilman while a pretty schoolteacher steals both men's hearts.



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Complete credited cast:
Daniel F. Somers
Catherine Elizabeth Allen
Jim 'Hunk' Gardner
Despirit Dean
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Bessie Baxter
Cuddles Walker
Cherokee Kid
Cecil Cunningham ...
Mrs. Ames
Irving Bacon ...
Byron Foulger ...
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Peabody
Richard Graham ...
Walter Ames


Cowboy Dan Somers and oilman Jim "Hunk" Gardner compete for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the favors of schoolteacher Cathy Allen. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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6 December 1943 (USA)  »

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War of the Wildcats  »

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1.37 : 1
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War is a bit strong a word, more like scuffle of the wildcats.
23 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Wayne & Albert Dekker compete for oil rights on Indian territory, and for the attention of Martha Scott in this Republic Pictures film shot out of Utah, USA.

An interesting Western of sorts due to its characters and its more modern setting, with Wayne & Dekker playing the old and new factions of the West. It's based on a story by Thomson Burtis who co-writes the script along with Eleanore Griffin and Ethel Hill. Albert Rogell directs in the workmanlike way that befits his career. A pretty mundane story is in truth saved by its final third, where thankfully the action picks up and we are treated to something resembling a pulse. The light hearted approach to the romantic strand doesn't sit quite right, and a glorious fist fight between the two protagonists is ruined by Rogell being unable to disguise the stunt men doing the work. But hey, stunt men deserve their moment of glory always. Solid support comes from George 'Gabby' Hayes and Wayne as usual has much screen charisma, particularly when rattling off his pistol. But in spite of its better than usual Republic budget, it remains a film of interest only to 1940s Wayne enthusiasts. 4/10

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