Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

90-91 mins | Western | 12 February 1938

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Clement Ripley's novel was serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar--Jun 1936). According to Warner Bros. records, producer Robert Lord turned down the picture because of a heavy schedule, and Howard Hawks was considered as director. Correspondence from Byron "Bud" Haskins suggests that some of the miniature work for the dam explosion was used for both this film and Warner Bros.' 1938 film Valley of the Giants . The film was shot partially on location in Weaverville, ... More Less

Clement Ripley's novel was serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar--Jun 1936). According to Warner Bros. records, producer Robert Lord turned down the picture because of a heavy schedule, and Howard Hawks was considered as director. Correspondence from Byron "Bud" Haskins suggests that some of the miniature work for the dam explosion was used for both this film and Warner Bros.' 1938 film Valley of the Giants . The film was shot partially on location in Weaverville, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
25 Jan 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Oct 37
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Jan 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jan 38
p. 38.
New York Times
14 Feb 38
p. 20.
Variety
16 Feb 38
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Cosmopolitan Production; A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Cosmetician
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col dir
Technicolor photog adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Gold Is Where You Find It by Clements Ripley (East Norwalk, CT, 1936).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 February 1938
Production Date:
23 August--late October 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7820
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3793
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Colonel Ferris, a wealthy farmer in northern California, is strongly opposed to hydraulic mining, a new method developed during the gold rush of the 1870's, which is flooding the area's prosperous farmlands. Despite Ferris' political stance, Jared Whitney, a mining engineer from the East, becomes friends with the colonel's son Lance and falls in love with his daughter Serena. Family tensions deepen when the colonel's brother Ralph gives up farming to go to San Francisco to work for his wife Rosanna's father, Harrison McCooey, a leader in the mining venture. When Lance follows Ralph, the colonel, focusing his anger on Jared, forbids him to see Serena. Jared is called to San Francisco by McCooey, and although Jared is opposed to a plan to build a new dam to increase water power, he stands behind the company. When Serena learns that her father has been confiscating Jared's letters, she too goes to San Francisco, where Rosanna throws a lavish party, during which it announced that the farmers are taking legal action against the miners. Now Serena and Jared find themselves on opposite sides. The courts support the farmers, but McCooey's gang use mine foreman Slug Minton to keep the mines in operation. In a desperate attempt to stop the pumps, Lance is killed, and Jared finally understands McCooey's greedy nature. Ready to fight, the colonel leads a group of farmers to battle at the mine site, but it is Jared who wins the victory by blowing up the controversial dam. The court upholds its decision in favor of the farmers, and Jared and Serena are ... +


Colonel Ferris, a wealthy farmer in northern California, is strongly opposed to hydraulic mining, a new method developed during the gold rush of the 1870's, which is flooding the area's prosperous farmlands. Despite Ferris' political stance, Jared Whitney, a mining engineer from the East, becomes friends with the colonel's son Lance and falls in love with his daughter Serena. Family tensions deepen when the colonel's brother Ralph gives up farming to go to San Francisco to work for his wife Rosanna's father, Harrison McCooey, a leader in the mining venture. When Lance follows Ralph, the colonel, focusing his anger on Jared, forbids him to see Serena. Jared is called to San Francisco by McCooey, and although Jared is opposed to a plan to build a new dam to increase water power, he stands behind the company. When Serena learns that her father has been confiscating Jared's letters, she too goes to San Francisco, where Rosanna throws a lavish party, during which it announced that the farmers are taking legal action against the miners. Now Serena and Jared find themselves on opposite sides. The courts support the farmers, but McCooey's gang use mine foreman Slug Minton to keep the mines in operation. In a desperate attempt to stop the pumps, Lance is killed, and Jared finally understands McCooey's greedy nature. Ready to fight, the colonel leads a group of farmers to battle at the mine site, but it is Jared who wins the victory by blowing up the controversial dam. The court upholds its decision in favor of the farmers, and Jared and Serena are reconciled. +

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