Tracy Powell, an Indiana farmer, gets the gold fever and heads for Stockton, California in 1849. There, he abandons his first partner, Bert Killian, and teams up with Sam Wilkins, a claim jumper employed by Willis Haver. Six years later, Powell returns to Indiana and his sweetheart, Julie. They marry and he tries farming again but, on the night their son is born, he takes off again searching for gold. This time he heads for the hills with an inveterate prospector, Jimmo McCann. A decade later, the two are still hunting for their big strike when McCann is killed in an accident. Powell returns home with news of a big strike but the deserted Julie will have nothing to do with him. His friend Killian will not believe him but Haver, now a banker gives him a small loan and then beats him out of his claim. Many years pass before he comes home, now sixty-years-old, and this time, his wife and son open their home to him. But he vows to go prospecting come next spring.
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In the golden hell of the High Sierras !
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(Tracy Powell) and Keenan Wynn
(Sam Wilkins) both later played Willard "Digger" Barnes, the father of Pamela Barnes Ewing and Cliff Barnes, in Dallas
(1978): Wayne during its first two seasons and Wynn during its third. See more
[Sam has run two Mexican prospectors off their gold claim at gunpoint
Say, you're gonna' do all right, boy. Look at those fools down by the river, scratchin' for a little dust. You just keep your eye on a Mexican. He'll show you where you can get real hunks of gold, right in these hills.
I wasn't figurin' on no claim jumping.
Well, what's a matter? You wanted to come outta' here with some gold, didn't ya? You can't have a weak stomach and get rich!
The Four Seasons
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Bob Russell
Sung by James Barton See more