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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Thundering Violence! the earth explodes as untamed men fight for power and a woman! (original poster) See more »




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6 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

War of the Wildcats  »

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1.37 : 1
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Gem of a John Wayne Film
20 November 2003 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This a John Wayne film like no other. Take it from a huge fan that's seen most of his movies. Although this not classified as a comedy, the Duke's turns in a sly performance full of great one-liners and facial expressions that had me rolling. Its action adventure in the oil fields and it's very entertaining and fun. Wayne is Cowboy Dan Somers and he competes with oilman Jim Gardner for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the attentions of schoolteacher turned scandalous book author Cathy Allen. It has a good supporting cast including George "Gabby" Hayes. You will never see the Duke quite like this in any other role. If you're a fan of the Duke, you will love this film. It was originally titled "In Old Oklahoma" and then reissued as "War of the Wildcats".

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