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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(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
I need a stake, Haver. It's a rich claim, I know it. Ain't expecting you to stake me without getting something in return. I'll pay.
Tracy, you don't understand, you see... I'm running a bank now. It makes a little difference. It's not just me. There are others in San Francisco I have to account to. I can't invest the depositor's money in a claim without knowing what's in it first.
How can I know what I got unless I get the equipment to find out?
Heh heh... Just a vicious circle, ain't it? Can't...
The Four Seasons
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Bob Russell
Sung by James Barton See more