In Old California (1942)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Boston pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento,
    where he runs afoul of local political boss Britt Dawson, who exacts protection payment from the citizenry.
    Dawson frames Craig with poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic.
    Summary written by Jim Beaver

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Tom Craig
    Binnie Barnes .... Lacey Miller
    Albert Dekker .... Britt Dawson
    Helen Parrish .... Ellen Sanford
    Patsy Kelly .... Helga
    Edgar Kennedy .... Kegs McKeever
    Dick Purcell .... Joe Dawson
    Harry Shannon .... Mr. Carlin
    Charles Halton .... Mr. Hayes
    Emmett Lynn .... Whitey
    Robert McKenzie .... Mr. Bates (as Bob McKenzie)
    Milton Kibbee .... Ezra Tompkins
    Paul Sutton .... Chick
    Anne O'Neal .... Mrs. Tompkins
    Richard Alexander .... Clem (uncredited)
    Jessie Arnold .... Worried woman (uncredited)
    Hooper Atchley .... Higgins (uncredited)
    Sam Bernard .... Miner (uncredited)
    Stanley Blystone .... San Francisco deputy (uncredited)
    Edward Brady .... Angry citizen in lynch mob (uncredited)
    Frank Brownlee .... Man on street (uncredited)
    Zeke Canova .... Miner (uncredited)
    Horace B. Carpenter .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Jack Carr .... Man who warns of Kegs' arrival (uncredited)
    Lynne Carver .... (uncredited)
    Chester Conklin .... (uncredited)
    Jim Corey .... Shorty (uncredited)
    Wade Crosby .... San Francisco bartender (uncredited)
    Donald Curtis .... Pike (Dawson's henchman) (uncredited)
    Pearl Early .... Mrs. Bates (uncredited)
    Heenan Elliott .... Bit part (uncredited)
    Frank Ellis .... Wagon driver (uncredited)
    Fern Emmett .... Mrs. Coggins (uncredited)
    Esther Estrella .... Maria Alvarez (uncredited)
    Jim Farley .... Smollett (uncredited)
    Martin Faust .... Miner (uncredited)
    Martin Garralaga .... Señor Alvarez (uncredited)
    Dorothy Granger .... Girl in first saloon (uncredited)
    Karl Hackett .... Charlie (wagon owner) (uncredited)
    Frank Hagney .... Angry citizen in lynch mob (uncredited)
    Robert Homans .... Marshal Alvin Thompson (uncredited)
    Olin Howland .... (uncredited)
    Frank Jaquet .... Dr. Glaggett (uncredited)
    Lew Kelly .... Forty-Niner (uncredited)
    Jack Kirk .... Wagon driver on run (uncredited)
    Emily LaRue .... Rosita Alvarez (uncredited)
    Rex Lease .... Gold strike rider (uncredited)
    George Lloyd .... San Francisco sheriff (uncredited)
    Merrill McCormick .... (uncredited)
    Frank McGlynn Sr. .... (uncredited)
    Joe McGuinn .... Deputy (uncredited)
    Harry McKim .... Boy at wharf (uncredited)
    Carl Miller .... Saloon patron (uncredited)
    Michael Miller .... Yerp Bates (uncredited)
    Frank Mills .... Loudmouthed oaf (uncredited)
    Art Mix .... (uncredited)
    James C. Morton .... Red (Sacramento bartender) (uncredited)
    Frank O'Connor .... Bystander on riverboat (uncredited)
    Bud Osborne .... (uncredited)
    Jack O'Shea .... Saloon patron (uncredited)
    Ralph Peters .... (uncredited)
    Ruth Robinson .... Mrs. Higgins (uncredited)
    Forrest Taylor .... Man in saloon with Carlin (uncredited)
    Harry Tenbrook .... Saloon waiter (uncredited)
    Harry Tyler .... Huckster (uncredited)
    Minerva Urecal .... Mrs. Carson (uncredited)
    Guy Usher .... Captain of first boat (uncredited)
    Max Waizmann .... Bystander (uncredited)
    Fred Walburn .... Archie Higgins (uncredited)
    Cecil Weston .... Mrs. Marvin (uncredited)
    Slim Whitaker .... Man on street (uncredited)
    Blackie Whiteford .... Man in crowd (uncredited)
    Matt Willis .... Joker at bar in San Francisco (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    J. Robert Bren (story) and
    Gladys Atwater (story)
    Gertrude Purcell (screenplay) and
    Frances Hyland (screenplay)

    [B][U]Original Music
    David Buttolph

    Jack A. Marta

    * John Wayne plays a druggist. In real life, his father was a licensed pharmacist.

    Filming Location
    Kernville, California, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 12 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • In Old California is a 1942 film starring John Wayne
    as a Boston pharmacist who relocates to Sacramento during the Gold Rush.
    The movie was directed by William C. McGann.

    Ironically Duke could play the part of a druggist with some real life conviction,
    as his father was one, and I am sure, Duke, drew off this experience.
    However audiences objected to this subdued hero!

    Although, as America at the time, was embroiled in land grabbing agression,
    Duke significantly made this remark in the movie,


    Doesn't anybody fight back around here?.. Angry men defending their home, Can never be defeated

    Although the story was quite routine, it was a high budget production.
    Duke benefited from from a good supporting cast,
    Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker and Patsy Kelly.
    The film was photographed upstate, in Kernville, but for all the camerawork,
    and extravagant costumes, for Duke and his leading lady,
    the picture added up to pretty dreary entertainment.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Good movie. Duke is a convincing pharmacist, and I've taken liking of Albert Dekker too

    I don't believe in surrenders.

  • The only difference between this film and the War of the Wildcats, is that its gold rush in California, and its the Oil rush in Wildcats.


    "...all of this and General Price that baby sister makes it back to Yell county" --Rooster Cogburn, True Grit.

  • I'm watching "In Old California" right now. I've always seen it as a semi comedy, and never miss a chance to see it.

    As with any John Wayne flick, I have my glass of bourbon and a Cuban cigar.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    Until joining this post I was totally unaware you could watch all these films gratis online.

    It's great o know... The only thing is I've done my money having already bought every Duke title available on DVD of Blu ray! :wink_smile:
    You live and learn.

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