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In Old Oklahoma (1943)

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.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Thomson Burtis (original story), Ethel Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Daniel F. Somers
Martha Scott ... Catherine Elizabeth Allen
Albert Dekker ... Jim 'Hunk' Gardner
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Despirit Dean
Marjorie Rambeau ... Bessie Baxter
Dale Evans ... Cuddles Walker
Grant Withers ... Richardson
Sidney Blackmer ... Teddy Roosevelt
Paul Fix ... Cherokee Kid
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Ames
Irving Bacon ... Ben
Byron Foulger ... Wilkins
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Peabody
Richard Graham Richard Graham ... Walter Ames
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Storyline

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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Glorifying the Romantic Pioneer Spirit of America See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Wildcats See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 13, 1944 with Martha Scott and Albert Dekker reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

As Wayne's character builds his oil rig and races to strike oil, the words of the months appearing on screen to show time passing are in an art deco font--a strange choice, seeing as the film's story is set in the early 20th century before the Roaring 20s. See more »

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Not to be missed
30 July 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

Two women, Ethel Hill and Eleanore Griffin, share screen writing credit for Republic's western adventure film WAR OF THE WILDCATTERS (known to some as IN OLD OKLAHOMA). A modestly budgeted endeavor, the story comes to life thanks in large part to a cast that includes John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker, Gabby Hayes and Marjorie Rambeau. Wayne, from a different school of acting than the others, rises to the occasion and matches his costars with his own unique strength and performance. In addition to the acting, the motion picture benefits from extensive on-location shooting, which lends a degree of realism. Not to be missed-- there is an impressive moment when oil is struck and a huge gusher comes in.


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