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Gold Rush Daze (1939)

A man stops for gas on his way to dig for gold. The man at the station tells him what it was like back in 1849 in San Francisco, which we see. A sucker is hauled off the street and sat down... See full summary »

Directors:

Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Cop / Seabiscuit (voice) (uncredited)
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A man stops for gas on his way to dig for gold. The man at the station tells him what it was like back in 1849 in San Francisco, which we see. A sucker is hauled off the street and sat down at a card game; he dashes off as soon as someone shouts "they found gold in the hills" but others stake claims before he can. He ends up chopping off a cliff, falling down, and landing in the hospital. The doctor gives him news of another gold strike and he rushes out to begin panning. After some more mining gags and a song, we see a montage of more failed gold strikes. Back to the present day, where the storyteller claims to have sworn off gold, until a rider passes through with news of another strike, when he trades the station for the car and sets out after the gold. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Soundtracks

The Old Apple Tree
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by the miners as "My Sweetheart Needs Gold for Her Teeth"
Also played during the long montage
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All That Glitters Isn't Gold
23 May 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

One recurring motif of Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton were flashbacks to an earlier era. They previously did this with the Gay Nineties in LOVE AND CURSES (1938). This time an old timer tells about his misadventure attemting to strike it rich during California's Gold Rush.

I recall first seeing this at the same time my 4th grade teacher was teaching us about California history and the Gold Rush was a major topic. I also grew up where it all happened. While it's supposed to be a funny tall tale told by this grizzled old timer, his failure to strike it rich was very true for many prospectors during the gold rush.

Hardaway and Dalton's output was largely mediocre. This was because they didn't have a good sense of comic timing, like the other directors did. But most of the premises they came up with were very promising. This would have been an excellent cartoon if say Freleng directed it (See MY LITTLE BUCKAROO for comparison). The idea of an old timer in 1938 telling about his experience in 1849 would have been an outlandish premise.

I do wonder how this short looked in its initial release, considering every print in circulation is badly faded and devoid of pallette.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Se on nyt piirrettyj√§ 3 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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