Flowing Gold (1940)

82 mins | Drama | 24 August 1940

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Kenneth Gamet

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

In 1924, Joseph De Grasse directed Anna Q. Nilsson and Milton Sills in another First National version of the Rex Beach novel produced under the same title (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

In 1924, Joseph De Grasse directed Anna Q. Nilsson and Milton Sills in another First National version of the Rex Beach novel produced under the same title (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1830). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Aug 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Aug 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Aug 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Aug 40
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Aug 40
p. 52.
New York Times
2 Sep 40
p. 9.
Variety
28 Aug 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel Flowing Gold by Rex Beach (New York, 1922).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 August 1940
Production Date:
began Jun 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 August 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9856
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6446
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While drifting through oil fields in search of a job, Johnny Blake, a fugitive from the law who has killed an oil company stooge in self-defense, saves the life of foreman Hap O'Connor when Collins, a drunken bully, tries to kill him. Hap recognizes Johnny as a wanted man and advises him to go back and face trial, but Johnny flees when the police come looking for him. Soon after, Hap quits his job and forms a partnership to drill for oil with Ellery Q. Wildcat Chalmers and his daughter Linda. Johnny comes to the fields to work for Chalmers' competitor, Charles Hammond, thus putting him at odds with Linda, who hates Hammond. However, when Johnny learns that Hap is Chalmers' partner, he quits his job to join Hap. After he is arrested in a barroom brawl, Johnny prepares to flee again while Hap fights a take-over by Hammond, working day and night to bring in the well before the option expires. All seems lost when Hap's leg is broken by a falling pipe until Linda persuades Johnny to stay and take Hap's place. As they toil in the fields together, Johnny also takes Hap's place in Linda's heart. On the day that the option expires, the well comes in and Hap returns from the hospital. When Johnny tells him that he and Linda are planning to be married, Hap insists that Johnny clear his name first and is on the verge of turning him in to the sheriff when lightning strikes the well and it bursts into flames. During the confusion, Hap allows Johnny to escape, but Johnny risks his ... +


While drifting through oil fields in search of a job, Johnny Blake, a fugitive from the law who has killed an oil company stooge in self-defense, saves the life of foreman Hap O'Connor when Collins, a drunken bully, tries to kill him. Hap recognizes Johnny as a wanted man and advises him to go back and face trial, but Johnny flees when the police come looking for him. Soon after, Hap quits his job and forms a partnership to drill for oil with Ellery Q. Wildcat Chalmers and his daughter Linda. Johnny comes to the fields to work for Chalmers' competitor, Charles Hammond, thus putting him at odds with Linda, who hates Hammond. However, when Johnny learns that Hap is Chalmers' partner, he quits his job to join Hap. After he is arrested in a barroom brawl, Johnny prepares to flee again while Hap fights a take-over by Hammond, working day and night to bring in the well before the option expires. All seems lost when Hap's leg is broken by a falling pipe until Linda persuades Johnny to stay and take Hap's place. As they toil in the fields together, Johnny also takes Hap's place in Linda's heart. On the day that the option expires, the well comes in and Hap returns from the hospital. When Johnny tells him that he and Linda are planning to be married, Hap insists that Johnny clear his name first and is on the verge of turning him in to the sheriff when lightning strikes the well and it bursts into flames. During the confusion, Hap allows Johnny to escape, but Johnny risks his life and sacrifices his freedom to return with the fire trucks and extinguish the fire. Arrested by the sheriff, Johnny returns East with Linda to face charges with every hope that he will be exonerated. +

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