In Old California (1942)

88 mins | Drama | 31 May 1942

Director:

William McGann

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Howard O'Neill

Production Designer:

Russell Kimball

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Gold Runs the River , which was the title of J. Robert Bren and Gladys Atwater's original story. According to HR news items, actor Albert Dekker was borrowed from Paramount for the production, and the picture was shot on location in Kernville and Big Tujunga, California. HR also reported that locations in the Sherwood Lake region of Southern California were being scouted, but it has not been determined if any of the picture was filmed there. In Old California marked the motion picture debut of actress Rhonda Fleming. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Frank McGlynn , Jack Kirk, Horace B. Carpenter, Olin Howlin, Chester Conklin, Ralph Peters, Frank Ellis, Bud Osborne, Art Mix, Merrill McCormack , Ed Brady, and Bob ... More Less

The working title of this film was Gold Runs the River , which was the title of J. Robert Bren and Gladys Atwater's original story. According to HR news items, actor Albert Dekker was borrowed from Paramount for the production, and the picture was shot on location in Kernville and Big Tujunga, California. HR also reported that locations in the Sherwood Lake region of Southern California were being scouted, but it has not been determined if any of the picture was filmed there. In Old California marked the motion picture debut of actress Rhonda Fleming. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Frank McGlynn , Jack Kirk, Horace B. Carpenter, Olin Howlin, Chester Conklin, Ralph Peters, Frank Ellis, Bud Osborne, Art Mix, Merrill McCormack , Ed Brady, and Bob Woodward. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Jun 42
p. 14.
Daily Variety
1-Jun-42
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Film Daily
11 Jun 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Feb 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 42
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 42
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Jun 42
p. 698.
New York Times
18 Jun 42
p. 25.
Variety
10 Jun 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"California Joe" and "She Was a Heavenly Sight," music and lyrics by Johnny Marvin and Fred Rose
"California" and "Jerusalem My Happy Home," composers undetermined.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Gold Runs the River
Release Date:
31 May 1942
Production Date:
12 March--mid April 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 May 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11410
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88
Length(in feet):
7,886
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8280
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the late 1840s, Boston pharmacist Tom Craig decides to move West to open a drugstore. On the way from San Francisco to Sacramento, he runs afoul of Britt Dawson, a gunslinger who owns a Sacramento saloon and terrorizes local ranchers into signing over their land to him. Tom also meets Dawson's fiancée, singer Lacey Miller, who is impressed by Tom's gentility. Upon reaching Sacramento, Tom discovers that Dawson has ordered the local storekeepers not to rent him space for his pharmacy. Tom convinces Lacey, who owns a space next to the saloon, to become his partner, however, and soon his store is doing good business. Tom is oblivious to Lacey's romantic interest in him, and falls in love with visiting San Francisco socialite Ellen Sanford. Ellen does not love Tom, but realizes that with her influential father's help, she can transform him into a prominent businessman in San Francisco. Lacey sees through Ellen's façade of sweetness and does everything she can to keep the pair apart, but to no avail, for Tom proposes as Ellen is leaving for home. Soon after, Tom and his friend, Kegs McKeever, are able to organize the ranchers and prevent Dawson and his brother Joe from taking over the Higgins farm. Although Lacey forbids Dawson from exacting revenge, he doctors one of Tom's tonics with laudanum, and Whitey, the town drunk, dies after drinking it. Dawson organizes a mob to lynch Tom, but he is forgotten when a miner rushes into town and declares that a huge gold strike has been found. Soon the town becomes almost deserted as everyone, including the Dawsons, hurries to ... +


In the late 1840s, Boston pharmacist Tom Craig decides to move West to open a drugstore. On the way from San Francisco to Sacramento, he runs afoul of Britt Dawson, a gunslinger who owns a Sacramento saloon and terrorizes local ranchers into signing over their land to him. Tom also meets Dawson's fiancée, singer Lacey Miller, who is impressed by Tom's gentility. Upon reaching Sacramento, Tom discovers that Dawson has ordered the local storekeepers not to rent him space for his pharmacy. Tom convinces Lacey, who owns a space next to the saloon, to become his partner, however, and soon his store is doing good business. Tom is oblivious to Lacey's romantic interest in him, and falls in love with visiting San Francisco socialite Ellen Sanford. Ellen does not love Tom, but realizes that with her influential father's help, she can transform him into a prominent businessman in San Francisco. Lacey sees through Ellen's façade of sweetness and does everything she can to keep the pair apart, but to no avail, for Tom proposes as Ellen is leaving for home. Soon after, Tom and his friend, Kegs McKeever, are able to organize the ranchers and prevent Dawson and his brother Joe from taking over the Higgins farm. Although Lacey forbids Dawson from exacting revenge, he doctors one of Tom's tonics with laudanum, and Whitey, the town drunk, dies after drinking it. Dawson organizes a mob to lynch Tom, but he is forgotten when a miner rushes into town and declares that a huge gold strike has been found. Soon the town becomes almost deserted as everyone, including the Dawsons, hurries to stake a claim. Later, when the marshal refuses to let him reopen his store, Tom prepares to join Ellen in San Francisco. Before Tom can leave, however, Dawson returns and goads him into a fistfight. The marshal refuses to listen to Tom's side of the story and incarcerates him for sixty days. While he is in jail, Lacey comes to say goodbye to him before she travels to the camps to entertain the miners. Upon arriving at the camps, Lacey learns that almost everyone is ill with typhoid fever, and sends Kegs back to Sacramento to get Tom's help. Tom is released from jail, and after organizing a shipment of medical supplies, convinces those remaining in town to come with him to the camps to help the others. Ellen, who has arrived to take Tom back to San Francisco with her, warns him that their engagement will be over if he goes to the camps, but he leaves with Kegs anyway. Dawson, Joe and their gang attempt to hijack the medical supplies wagons so that they can sell them to the highest bidder, but when Dawson learns that Lacey is in one of the camps stricken with the fever, he helps the townsfolk fight off the gang. Dawson is shot by Joe during the fracas, and Tom takes him to Lacey. While he is dying, Dawson confesses that he poisoned Tom's tonic. Soon, the fever is contained, and Tom and Lacey embrace as they watch the healthy miners returning to Sacramento. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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