In Old Oklahoma (1944)

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  • IN OLD OKLAHOMA
    also known as WAR OF THE WILDCATS


    DIRECTED BY ALBERT S. ROGELL
    PRODUCED BY ROERT NORTH
    MUSIC BY WALTER SCHARF
    REPUBLIC PICTURES


    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


    INFORMATION FROM IMDb


    Plot Summary
    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.
    Summary written by Jim Beaver


    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Daniel F. Somers
    Martha Scott .... Catherine Elizabeth Allen
    Albert Dekker .... Jim 'Hunk' Gardner (president, Gardner Oil Co.)
    George 'Gabby' Hayes .... Despirit Dean (stage driver)
    Marjorie Rambeau .... Bessie Baxter (hotel proprietor)
    Dale Evans .... Cuddles Walker (dance-hall singer)
    Grant Withers .... Richardson (head driller)
    Sidney Blackmer .... Teddy Roosevelt
    Paul Fix .... Cherokee Kid
    Cecil Cunningham .... Mrs. Ames
    Irving Bacon .... Ben (telegraph operator)
    Byron Foulger .... Wilkins
    Anne O'Neal .... Mrs. Peabody
    Richard Graham .... Walter Ames
    Charles Agnew .... (uncredited)
    Stanley Andrews .... Mason (Indian agent) (uncredited)
    Charles Arnt .... Joe (train conductor) (uncredited)
    Hooper Atchley .... Witherspoon's Assistant (uncredited)
    Roy Barcroft .... Oil worker on train (uncredited)
    Charles Bates .... Little Sun (uncredited)
    Bill Borzage .... Dan's man (oiler) (uncredited)
    Dick Botiller .... Blake (oiler) (uncredited)
    Linda Brent .... Dance-hall girl (uncredited)
    Yakima Canutt .... (uncredited)
    Jess Cavin .... Barfly (uncredited)
    Eddy Chandler .... McCann, Gardner's Oil Man (uncredited)
    George Chandler .... (uncredited)
    Lane Chandler .... Card player on train (uncredited)
    Juanita Colteaux .... (uncredited)
    Mary Jane Croft .... Dance-hall girl (uncredited)
    Wade Crosby .... Corrigan (oiler) (uncredited)
    William B. Davidson .... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
    Babe DeFreest .... (uncredited)
    Myrna Dell .... Blonde (uncredited)
    John Dilson .... Witherspoon's Clerk (uncredited)
    Curley Dresden .... Second randy train passenger (uncredited)
    Kenne Duncan .... Indignant businessman on train (uncredited)
    Pearl Early .... Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)
    Rhonda Fleming .... Dance-hall girl (uncredited)
    Edward Gargan .... Kelsey (waiter) (uncredited)
    Bud Geary .... Miller (card player on train) (uncredited)
    Gus Glassmire .... Secretary of the Interior (uncredited)
    Fred Graham .... Gardner's man (uncredited)
    Bonnie Jean Hartley .... Saloon girl (uncredited)
    Al Hill .... Waiter (uncredited)
    Pat Hogan .... (uncredited)
    Charles Jordan .... Crawford (oiler) (uncredited)
    Jack Kenny .... Dan's man (oiler) (uncredited)
    Jack Kirk .... First randy train passenger (uncredited)
    Mike Lally .... Gardner's oil man (uncredited)
    Arthur Loft .... Fenton (uncredited)
    Tom London .... Tom (farmer on train) (uncredited)
    LeRoy Mason .... Promoter (uncredited)
    Frank McCarroll .... Train passenger (uncredited)
    June Pickerell .... Farmer's wife (uncredited)
    Rebel Randall .... Woman on train (uncredited)
    Jack Raymond .... Oil worker (uncredited)
    Bob Reeves .... (uncredited)
    Dick Rich .... Card player on train (uncredited)
    Shirley Jean Rickert .... (uncredited)
    Linda Scott .... (uncredited)
    Harry Shannon .... Charlie Witherspoon (uncredited)
    Charles Sherlock .... Scared wagon driver (uncredited)
    Tom Steele .... Man on train (uncredited)
    Larry Stewart .... Vendor on train (uncredited)
    Oril Taller .... (uncredited)
    Emmett Vogan .... President Roosevelt's aide (uncredited)
    Robert Warwick .... Chief Big Tree (uncredited)
    Slim Whitaker .... Man on train (uncredited)
    Harry Woods .... Al Dalton (uncredited)
    Will Wright .... Doctor (uncredited)


    Writing Credits
    Thomson Burtis adaptation
    Thomson Burtis story War of the Wildcats
    Eleanore Griffith screenplay
    Ethel Hill screenplay


    Original Music
    Walter Scharf


    Cinematography
    Jack A. Marta


    Stunts
    Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)


    Trivia
    Mary Jane Croft's debut.


    "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.


    Filming Locations
    Kanab, Utah, USA
    Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, USA


    Watch the Full Movie


    In Old Oklahoma

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 10 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • In Old Oklahoma is a 1943 American Western film starring John Wayne, Martha Scott,
    Albert Dekker, George "Gabby" Hayes, Marjorie Rambeau,
    and Dale Evans.
    The movie was directed by Albert S. Rogell and is usually shown
    under the alternative title War of the Wildcats, its re-release name.
    The film was nominated for two Academy Awards,
    one for Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
    and the other for Sound Recording (Daniel J. Bloomberg).

    Duke squares up to Albert Dekker, in this satisfactory oater,
    with Gabby Hayes, as usual, giving brilliant support..
    The studio gave the film expensive trappings, loading the sets, with anything
    they could get their hands on.
    The film climaxed with dozens of oil-laden wagons racing towards the refinery,
    despite brush fires, and all the other dastardly obstacles, the villains, put in their paths.


    The NYTimes said,

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    Wayne is as convincing as a knock-out punch


    Even though it seemed a harmless western, the film, got bogged down
    with ideological landmines, to do with the treatment of Indians etc.
    However the studios ignored all the fuss, and turned in a successful film,
    making it Republic's only picture to break into that years, top grossers list.

    Duke was singled out for his performance in the film,
    with one reviewer, saying

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    they had never seen him better


    This was the Wayne Republic wanted America to see and hear about:
    Sincere, Truthful, Manly.


    User Review

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    Gem of a John Wayne Film
    20 November 2003 | by robjdelaney (Italy)


    This a John Wayne film like no other. Take it from a huge fan that's seen most of his movies. Although this not classified as a comedy, the Duke's turns in a sly performance full of great one-liners and facial expressions that had me rolling. Its action adventure in the oil fields and it's very entertaining and fun. Wayne is Cowboy Dan Somers and he competes with oilman Jim Gardner for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the attentions of schoolteacher turned scandalous book author Cathy Allen. It has a good supporting cast including George "Gabby" Hayes. You will never see the Duke quite like this in any other role. If you're a fan of the Duke, you will love this film. It was originally titled "In Old Oklahoma" and then reissued as "War of the Wildcats".

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • This is one of those titles that is difficult (maybe impossible) to get. We checked Amazon (which said "THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. If you would like to purchase this title, we recommend that you occasionally check this page to see if it has become available.), Deep Discount DVD, Critic's Choice Video, ebay (which had a nice selection of memorabilia related to the movie), and Bygone Video (http://www.bygonevideo.com), and NObody had it. If anybody else has had success in finding a source for this movie, let us know.


    Chester :newyear:

  • Quote

    Originally posted by chester7777@Feb 23 2006, 08:50 AM
    This is one of those titles that is difficult (maybe impossible) to get. We checked Amazon (which said "THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. If you would like to purchase this title, we recommend that you occasionally check this page to see if it has become available.), Deep Discount DVD, Critic's Choice Video, ebay (which had a nice selection of memorabilia related to the movie), and Bygone Video (http://www.bygonevideo.com), and NObody had it. If anybody else has had success in finding a source for this movie, let us know.


    Chester :newyear:

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    Hi,
    It is available in the big UK DVD John Wayne Collection>
    Regards,
    Vera


  • Actually, Yakaima Canutt was the Stunt Co-ordinator (and also stunted) Other stunt people in this one included Cliff Lyons, Post Park (stages and wagons driver),Joe Yrigoyen, Bill Yrigoyen, Bud Geary, Fred Graham, Eddie Parker, Ben Johnson, Tom Steele, Ted Mapes...and Nellie Walker and Babe De Freest.


    Les

  • I see the UK DVD of In Old Oklahoma has some scenes not in the American VHS issued by Republic. For example, early in the film Martha Scott says to Wayne, "Only hired girls put on their gloves in public." That scene got snipped in the US version, including a short scene even earlier where a bit player says, "I'm gonna get me a gal with yeller [yellow] hair." A short scene with Wayne was also cut.


    I'm shocked the Brits would allow such foul language and not tone down things with cuts like the Americans.


    Seriously, I was curious why the running times between the two versions vary slightly (20 seconds or so), and now I see why. I wonder if the pending RC1 release of the film will include the same cuts....


    RoughRider
    John Wayne on DVD: A Filmography

  • I've bought some of the movies from the bygonevideos website. He's pretty willing to put it on any format you want. He's taking them from 16mm film and burning them using the same kind of burner I use.


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    I just put up two attachments that have all the movies this bygonevideo has available. Most of them have come in pretty good condition. I'm satisified and I'm actually quite picky about my collection. These are the movies I've acquired:


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    Shadow of the Eagle 1932
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  • The first part is highly enjoyable, Hunk trying to besiege Cat, and Dan constantly coming between them. Dekker is very good in these not-so-bad bad guy roles. The run for the oil delivery post is too much, how many wagons and barrels they loose and still fulfill their agreement?

    I don't believe in surrenders.

  • The first part is highly enjoyable, Hunk trying to besiege Cat, and Dan constantly coming between them. Dekker is very good in these not-so-bad bad guy roles. The run for the oil delivery post is too much, how many wagons and barrels they loose and still fulfill their agreement?



    Yeah, we noticed that too. It seemed like they lost more oil than they started out with, and yet arrived with plenty to spare!

    Have to love Gabby in these films though....other than him, War of Wildcats is basically the same as In Old California, except its oil, instead of gold.

    GSP

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

  • Another thought I had about this film, was that they portrayed a sitting president (T.R.) as a character in the film.

    Question: Are there any other Wayne films that has as one of its characters the president of the U.S.? I cannot think of any others.

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

  • This has always been one of my favorites because it references my home town. I don't think there was ever another movie that was staged, or even mentiones it.

    Have to say the scenery was all wrong though, that and it wouldn't take about about an hour to haul a wagon from there to the refineries in Tulsa. Have to chuckle about that. :smile:

    Even so, it's a fun film!

    Tbone



    "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please."

  • Eh... those type of mistakes have never bothered like that on line from Batman Forever.....


    Quote

    Bruce Wayne: I want to live my life for me, I am tired of helping strangers I've never met


    that line probably makes sense but I always get nasty towards the screen when that happens..

  • This film (titled as "War of the Wildcats") is showing several times until the end of the month on Encore Westerns...I TIVO'd it and made a disc and watched it the other night. Pretty clear copy.

  • Interesting movie, this one, with it's reissue title.


    Here are two posters. The second one is a 1959 reissue poster, with the reissue title.


    In Old Oklahoma.jpg


    In Old Oklohoma-War of the Wildcats 1959 reissue poster.jpg


    Interestingly enough, the second one is entirely different, and the original is the same as the one in Keith's introductory post, with the exception of the title (well, the coloring is different,too). I like the original one much better.