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Fighting Thru; or, California in 1878 (1930)

Dan and Tennessee are successful gold miners. Ace Brady learns of their success and sends Fox to rob them. During the robbery Fox shoots Tennessee and Ace arrives to arrest Dan for the murder. Dan escapes but is now a wanted man.


William Nigh


Jack Natteford (screenplay) (as John Francis Natteford), Jack Natteford (story "California in 1878") (as John Francis Natteford)




Cast overview:
Ken Maynard ... Dan Barton
Jeanette Loff ... Alice Malden
Wallace MacDonald ... George 'Tennessee' Malden
Carmelita Geraghty ... Queenie
William L. Thorne ... Ace Brady (as W.L. Thorne)
Charles King ... Fox Tyson - Henchman
Fred Burns Fred Burns ... Sheriff Miles Clay
Tom Bay Tom Bay ... Miner


Miner Dan Barton (Ken Maynard) and his partner George Malden, known as "Tennessee", have hit a strike on their claim, and Dan returns to their cabin to find that Malden has departed to meet his sister, Alice (Jeanette Loff), who is arriving on the stage from Tennessee to join her brother. Dan knows that Malden has a weakness for drink, gambling and girls and follows him to town, where he finds him playing cards with gamblers Fox Tyson (Charles King) and saloon owner Ace Brady (William Thorne) who, with the aid of bar girl Queenie (Carmelita Geraghty), are well on their way to cheating him out of his share of the claim. Dan puts the stop to that, but Malden is killed by Tyson and Dan is framed for the killing. He escapes and saves Alice from a stagecoach disaster, and takes her to his and Malden's cabin, but doesn't let her know he is wanted for the death of her brother. But Ace and Tyson quickly inform her, and are well on their way to getting all of the Barton/Malden gold mine. The ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The title of this film, as displayed on site, was not "Fighting Thru; or, California in 1878" The release title, as seen on the screen and all the printed items---posters, ads , stills--- was "Fighting Thru". "California in 1878" was the original story title and also the film's working title. See more »


Remade as The Pal from Texas (1939) See more »


Oh, Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Ken Maynardand Saloon Musician
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This film is surprisingly good for such an early film. Entertaining in some parts.
25 January 2008 | by hananahbananaSee all my reviews

I watched this film after finding out that a relative of mine was Ace (the owner of the Saloon.) Sure, some parts of it were not so great. Poorly done fighting scenes and rather bland and unoriginal lines. They really stuck to the stereotypical roles of characters in western movies. The money driven saloon owner with his girl and the miners that got used. Actually though, sometimes that isn't too far from the truth. I found other parts really well done. The film quality is great for being an early talkie. They did do some good film shots as well as added humor. The horse in it (this does not spoil the film) acts like something between a dog and a human. It makes the movie worthwhile by adding a touch of humor one usually doesn't see in westerns. Anyways, whats better than finding out you're related to the guy who played the bad guy?

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Release Date:

25 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fightin' Ranch See more »

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Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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