Flaming Gold (1933)

53-54 mins | Drama | 29 September 1933

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Fire-Eaters . RKO borrowed Mae Clarke from M-G-M for this production. According to a HR news item, Edward McWade was signed for a role in the film, but his participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Fire-Eaters . RKO borrowed Mae Clarke from M-G-M for this production. According to a HR news item, Edward McWade was signed for a role in the film, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 May 33
p. 7.
Film Daily
18 Jan 34
p. 8.
HF
27 May 33
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 33
p. 2.
International Photographer
1 Jul 33
p. 38.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jan 34
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jul 33
p. 20.
Variety
20 Feb 34
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Settings
FILM EDITORS
SET DECORATOR
Prop master
SOUND
Rec asst
Rec asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
Chief grip
Still photog
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fire-Eaters
Release Date:
29 September 1933
Production Date:
began late May 1933
Copyright Claimant:
RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 September 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4183
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
53-54
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Because they refuse to give in to their competitors, who want them to shut down their modest oil drilling operation in Mexico, Dan Manton and Ben Lear's oil well becomes the target of sabotage. During the sabotage maneuver, however, the competitors' oil fields catch fire and their entire set of rigs is threatened. Although the opposition's leader offers Dan and Ben, who are experts at controlling oil fires, $5,000 to help subdue the blaze, the proud duo rejects their rival's money. Impressed by Dan and Ben's spunk, Tampico Tess Terrill, a former prostitute who runs the local saloon, insists that they help her to develop some rich oil land that she owns, and sends Dan to New York to ask businessman William Conway, a former admirer, for a loan with which to start drilling. Out of nostalgic gratitude to Tess, Conway gives Dan $50,000 to begin drilling and then asks his secretary, Dill, to arrange a date for his visitor. Dill contacts a professional "escort" agency and pays Claire Gordon to spend an evening with the unsuspecting Dan. After two romantic days with Claire, who maintains that she is a friend of Dill's, Dan asks her to come to Mexico with him. Nervous about her past, Claire at first rejects Dan, but finally agrees to marry him. By the time they reach Tess's oil fields, however, Ben has learned through Conway the truth about Claire's employment. Although he reveals nothing to Dan, Ben snubs Claire and insults her repeatedly in front of Dan. When Dan then leaves the remote fields to secure the company payroll, Ben rudely confronts Claire with her past ... +


Because they refuse to give in to their competitors, who want them to shut down their modest oil drilling operation in Mexico, Dan Manton and Ben Lear's oil well becomes the target of sabotage. During the sabotage maneuver, however, the competitors' oil fields catch fire and their entire set of rigs is threatened. Although the opposition's leader offers Dan and Ben, who are experts at controlling oil fires, $5,000 to help subdue the blaze, the proud duo rejects their rival's money. Impressed by Dan and Ben's spunk, Tampico Tess Terrill, a former prostitute who runs the local saloon, insists that they help her to develop some rich oil land that she owns, and sends Dan to New York to ask businessman William Conway, a former admirer, for a loan with which to start drilling. Out of nostalgic gratitude to Tess, Conway gives Dan $50,000 to begin drilling and then asks his secretary, Dill, to arrange a date for his visitor. Dill contacts a professional "escort" agency and pays Claire Gordon to spend an evening with the unsuspecting Dan. After two romantic days with Claire, who maintains that she is a friend of Dill's, Dan asks her to come to Mexico with him. Nervous about her past, Claire at first rejects Dan, but finally agrees to marry him. By the time they reach Tess's oil fields, however, Ben has learned through Conway the truth about Claire's employment. Although he reveals nothing to Dan, Ben snubs Claire and insults her repeatedly in front of Dan. When Dan then leaves the remote fields to secure the company payroll, Ben rudely confronts Claire with her past and accuses her of being a gold digger. Furious at Ben's insinuations, Claire declares that she married Dan only for love and dares him to tell Dan the truth. Ben, overwhelmed by Claire's obvious sincerity, apologizes to her and, by the time Dan returns, becomes her chief ally. Although glad that his partner and wife have called a truce, Dan grows increasingly jealous of their sudden friendship and finally confronts them with his suspicions. To protect Claire, Ben refuses to explain his change of heart to Dan. Claire, however, confesses her past to her stunned husband, then announces that she is leaving. As Claire cries into her pillow, Dan and Ben's well suddenly strikes oil, and a forgiving Dan begs his wife to remain his "partner." +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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