Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
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California Gold Rush in Reverse 

After gold is discovered in California, Lt. Beale endeavors to be the first to make it back east with a sample of the precious mineral. His travels involve escaping Mexican bandits.

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Stanley Lachman ...
Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale
Laurie Mitchell ...
Mary
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Tobias Mexican Guide (as I Stan Jolley)
Roy Gordon ...
U.S. Senator
Margaret Curtis ...
Mrs. Beale
Guy Prescott ...
Reverend Colton
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After gold is discovered in California, Lt. Beale endeavors to be the first to make it back east with a sample of the precious mineral. His travels involve escaping Mexican bandits.

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30 September 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Fool's Gold
22 August 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This black and white episode of the series was hosted by Will Rogers Jr. and features a minor cameo by a very young (and very wooden) Doug McClure. The story revolves around the discovery of gold in the California territory. McClure, as a young Army officer, wants the Army to have the honor of delivering the news back to Washington of the California gold strike. Stanley Lachman, as a Navy officer, wants the Navy to get the word to the capitol. So the race is on! There's a lot of outdoor shooting and multiple sets, giving this episode a production value missing in many of the later color episodes. I won't say anything about who won this race, but in the career race, Doug McClure clearly won, as Lachman went on to appear in a couple more "Death Valley Days" and in a "Colossal Man" movie before disappearing into the well deserved obscurity in which he came.


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