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    The script of this Republic cheapo may be uneven (episodic and repetitious), and the casting too (Binnie Barnes looks every bit of her 40 years, and Edgar Kennedy is the very poor man's Walter Brennan), but it is always engaging, and frequently endearing. Wayne gets a chance to show his way with gentle humour as the soft-spoken, milk-drinking druggist who smiles at insults, then shows the nasty men a little trick--he can bend a coin in half--that makes them skedaddle. Though unfortunately matched with Kennedy, Patsy Kelly, the wisecracking New York comedian, shows a timing as neat as Wayne's with his trigger finger (as in all these sort of mild-hero Westerns, he is a dead shot).

    The comedy occasionally turns, none too smoothly, into serious, even grave, matters, with a death by poisoning, a typhoid epidemic among the gold, and the depiction of how the villains seek to profit not simply by shooting but by selling overpriced and tainted medicine. But if the film is not terribly compelling it is always enjoyable, and is not lacking in surprises, especially from the female players. All in all, though this movie suffers from the lack of money and quality control that a major studio would have provided, it also has an easygoing charm often missing from bigger and slicker films.
  • In Old California is a fun, surprisingly complex John Wayne vehicle from more positive and principled days. It features a good good guy (gosh, even goes to church! feature that!), a couple of bad bad guys - and even a character that transforms from shady to admirable.

    It's a move that takes one's attention, keeps it, and sends one off feeling good. If that's your idea of a good movie experience, give it a go.
  • This was a John Wayne film before he became a major star. If you remember this and that this was never meant to be a top-quality film with a big budget, then you will probably see that for what it is, it does very well. This western is a bit better than the average western because Wayne's acting is as good as ever and Albert Dekker is a great villain as well. Plus, the writing is very good for this type of film--with excellent dialog and the plot moves along very nicely as well. So, overall, all the necessary elements for a B-Western are here. Oh, and I almost forgot, it has a lady (Binnie Barnes) who is pretty much there as a plot device (after all, you NEED a woman to come between the men in this type of movie--or so it seems). The bottom line is this is fr from great, but very watchable for those who like the genre.
  • Will begin by saying that I've been a major John Wayne fan all of my life and have seen many many of his movies, and have screened many of those dozens and scores of times. Recently I viewed this title for the first time. Personally, I feel the film was very well done, and in particular is a solid testament to the fact that the Duke had a much better ability to portray different characters than he has often been credited with. Granted, some Wayne movies are superior to others, but this one had tremendous entertainment value and certainly does not deserve the negative reviews I have read of it. The vast majority of John Wayne's movies rate an overall "good" at the very least, and certainly all of them are worth watching once. I highly recommend this one to even the most apathetic, luke-warm John Wayne fans, and even to his most critical detractors as it really was 88 minutes of good entertainment so make some popcorn, snuggle on the couch with your sweetheart and enjoy this unusual John Wayne film...
  • I really enjoyed this early western. Most of the oaters that came out of the 40s, even the ones honored to have John Wayne in them were not ones to be remembered in years to come as classics. This one is definitely a cut above the cookie cutter variety of that era. John Wayne plays a Boston bred pharmacist who is dapper and very sure of himself when it comes to either being strong and forceful, or brimming with confidence in regards to the ladies. Although there is some of the usual fisticuffs and shootouts, this is not a typical western with multiple gunfights and saloon brawls. Its just a bit more on the civilized side for that early era. Whether your an old time John Wayne fan, or just a wannabe cowpoke like me that longs for the good old days of television when the western was king, I think this is one definitely worth your time to sit a spell for...
  • Tall and elegant pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento to open up his own drug store. On route he incurs the wrath of bully boy Britt Dawson, who doesn't take kindly to his Bostonian manners, however Dawson's girl Lacey Miller does, and along with newly acquired friend Kegs McKeever, Tom has the foundation to see his plans thru to fruition, but Dawson and his loose cannon younger brother are determined to get in the way.

    This is one of those films that the John Wayne haters should seek out when they use the argument that he always played the same characters. Here he is far from macho, for sure he will be forced to branch out and defend what's right, but his Tom Craig here is gentile and full of grace, very much a gentleman thank you very much. Plot wise we are treated to standard fare, good guys and bad guys just don't get on, and you just know that some pretty dames are going to have a say in proceedings. Yet this piece really has much more going for it, it's sense of fun, courtesy mainly of Edgar Kennedy and Patsy Kelly's blossoming relationship, the advancement of drugs to cure the sick and it's back drop of the Sacremento gold rush, all of it comes together to totally satisfy come the final credits. 7.5/10
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    In Old California finds John Wayne in the highly unusual casting of an eastern dude from Boston going west to California to seek fame and fortune as California becomes American territory due to the Mexican cession. He might be an easterner, but you wouldn't expect John Wayne to be any kind of cream puff.

    He'd better not be because he's starting to interest Binnie Barnes who is the gal pal of Albert Dekker, the local boss of Sacramento and the surrounding area. Wayne likes Barnes, but he's got his heart set on Helen Parrish who is the daughter of a local Spanish don.

    You wouldn't expect pharmacy to be such a rough business, but it sure turns out that way In Old California. Out of jealousy, Dekker conceives a plot to rid himself of his rival. Ultimately however it's Dekker who gets caught in the web of his on intrigue.

    Edgar Kennedy and Patsy Kelly make their one and only appearances in a John Wayne film and they make a real nice pair for the comic relief in the film. Also look for a good performance by Dick Purcell as Dekker's far slimier and deadlier brother.

    The California Gold Rush saves the Duke from one of Dekker's nefarious schemes. The Gold Rush also brings in the typhoid epidemic where Wayne's pharmaceutical knowledge and supplies are needed to fight the disease. The epidemic also brings on a blazing gun battle as well as the Duke leads a wagon train through to the gold camps.

    Binnie Barnes has a nice role herself as a wise cracking saloon girl with the proverbial golden heart.

    Their are plot elements here of other John Wayne films like The Spoilers and Reap the Wild Wind. In this one it's John Wayne who has the role Ray Milland had against him in Reap the Wild Wind.

    In Old California is one of Herbert J. Yates's better films featuring his meal ticket. Between loaning him out to the bigger studios and centering Republic's big budget features around the Duke, Yates and Wayne did a masterful job in making him a movie legend.
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    John Wayne's Westerns in the mid 1930's for Lone Star Productions were typically formulaic, and they show the Duke developing the two fisted no nonsense style of hero he eventually achieved. Republic Pictures picked up the pacing and quality in this 1942 effort, in which John Wayne portrays a druggist on his way West and landing in Sacramento via San Francisco. Tom Craig's (Wayne) gimmick is bending coins, so his strength is not in question when it comes to facing down bad guys. In this case it's town boss Britt Dawson (Albert Dekker), who owns just about everything there is in Sacramento, and what he doesn't he manages to control through strength of will. Dawson's only weakness is his fiancée Lacey Miller (Binnie Barnes), and therein lies the thorn between two antagonists. Lacey has an eye for Craig, and is willing to back his play on opening a pharmacy in Sacramento. At first the deal is fashioned along financial considerations, but Lacey starts balancing her relationship between the two men until she can find an opening.

    Among Wayne's Westerns this one's unique; a second suitor comes along in the form of socialite Ellen Sanford (Helen Parrish). It's Ellen who catches Craig's eye, and that's fine as far as it goes, but Ellen doesn't love him, and it's never made clear why she's willing to marry him and promote his career into the political arena.

    The film's comic relief comes in the form of Edgar Kennedy, who we meet as he terrorizes a San Francisco bar with his entrance under the influence of a major toothache. When Craig eases Kegs McKeever's pain, he's earned a friend for life, as Kegs faithfully follows him to Sacramento. No mean feat there, as both find themselves in the river at the hands of boss Dawson's henchmen. Kegs winds up with his own share of problems as he winds up fending off an unusually horny aide to Lacey Miller, humorously portrayed by Patsy Kelley.

    Events seem to turn on a dime in the movie, and that may be one of it's weaknesses. For example, as Craig begins to earn the trust of Sacramento's citizens with his practice, charging fair prices and offering friendly advice, his fortunes turn abruptly when Dawson sabotages his medicines, and a town drunk dies consuming a large quantity of laudanum. Never mind that Whitey (Emmett Lynn) just barges in to the drug store and helps himself to whatever he thinks might give him a buzz. The town's citizens turn into a mob, and they're willing to hang Craig! Fortunately, they all have short attention spans, because they drop their cause as soon as a prospector hits town with news of a gold strike at Sutter's Creek. Just as quickly, they're all off to form mining camps in search of riches. The whole scene plays out so quickly that it defies credibility, but thankfully for Craig, he's alive to carry on.

    The turning point in the film in more ways than one is an outbreak of typhoid fever in the gold mining camps. Uncharacteristically, Lacey has a change of heart and heads for the camps to help nurse the ill. Craig's duty seems clear at this point, and that's when the hammer falls on his relationship with the selfish Ellen Sanford. When she sets down an ultimatum, it's no contest - Craig heads off to the mining camps. Boss Dawson meanwhile plans to hijack the medical supplies on their way to the camps in exchange for a share of the newly discovered gold. When he learns of his fiancée's presence there, he's ready to come to her rescue, but is gunned down by his own brother Joe (Dick Purcell), who's a bit more focused on the original mission.

    By now, the end is no longer in doubt. Following the trend of it's Lone Star predecessors, John Wayne winds up at the film's finish in a clinch with the bad girl turned good. But at least there was a story along the way; in virtually all of his Lone Star films John Wayne won the girl, but most of the time he wasn't even trying!
  • One of the many gradually improving westerns Republic created for their biggest star in the early forties, "In Old California" was still very much in the 'B'-picture mold, but was a very entertaining tale of young Boston druggist Wayne relocating to Sacramento (echoing his real-life father's journey from Iowa to California, as a pharmacist), where his modern ideas and integrity (and the attentions from saloon girl Binnie Barnes) puts him at odds with 'town boss' Albert Dekker. While fundamentally a pacifist (Wayne diffuses potential confrontations with an ability to bend coins in his fingers!), Dekker, seeing him as a threat, decides to eliminate him by switching medicine with poison, discrediting him...but Wayne would soon have an opportunity to redeem himself...

    The film benefits from the comic talents of two of Hollywood's best comedians, Edgar Kennedy (master of the 'Slow Burn') and Patsy Kelly (an old pro at sarcastic wisecracks), the teasing byplay between Wayne and Barnes, and his confrontations with Dekker (one of the 1940s' best 'villains', and a perfect foil for the young 'straight-arrow' leading man).

    One of Wayne's more 'offbeat' oaters, but still a popular entry, during one of Wayne's busiest years!
  • Once John Wayne got passed B movies, he moved from hit to hit for the most part. Most of those movies are films people know, Stagecoach, Flying Tigers, Back to Bataan, among others.

    In Old California doesn't get so well known. But what it is, is an absolutely well crafted western, and in a rare case for me... an authentic feeling romance that does NOT dominate the plot but rather spreads itself subtly through the entire film, complete with a few twists.

    Everyone's characterization is excellent, from comedic value, to heroes and villains. This is an excellent John Wayne film for anyone who wants to find yet one more to enjoy.
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    John Wayne and Binnie Barnes light up the screen as Tom (nicknamed 'Boston') and Lacy the saloon singer in this film which is every bit as much of a romantic comedy as it is a western. They don't end up together until the end of the film, but sweet singing coyote, it's fun getting there! John Wayne has never been more dashing nor has he ever had a costar with better comic timing than Binnie Barnes.

    The opening scene involves a bath tub, a crowd of onlookers and a muddy street. 'Boston's' actions spark jealousy in Britt Dawson (Lacy's possessive paramour) and the fun begins. "In Old California" is full of witty banter and laugh out loud humor which moves it along at a brisk pace.

    'Boston' picks up a sidekick named Kegs McKeever in a very funny scene involving a sore tooth. Hilarity ensues as Kegs attempts to help Boston open up a druggist shop along with fending off Helga, Lacy's housekeeper (marvelously played by Patsy Kelly) in a delightful comic turn. The main obstacle is Britt Dawson and his gang who have a stranglehold on the town of Sacramento where Boston hopes to open his shop.

    Add in Ellen (there's not enough sun out to warm a rattlesnake, fainting Ellen) who Boston falls in love with, crushing Lacy who does not give up easily. Let the female plotting and competition begin!

    The laughs are nonstop for most of the film until things take a serious turn near the end when Boston is framed for poisoning Whitey, the town drunk. The townspeople turn against Boston and want to lynch him. Boston gets out of it at the last minute, but things continue in a serious vein as gold is discovered and a plague breaks out...but never fear, "In Old California" has an ending worthy of a great romantic comedy.

    Needless to say at this point, I enjoyed this film. It is like finding a diamond in a pile of rocks. "In Old California" is a vastly underrated John Wayne Film from 1942. The humor in this film transcends the era of the 1800's it was made about and the era of the 1940's when it was made, and I believe this will appeal to a wide modern audience. In other words, it has aged extremely well! My hat's off to director William McGann, screenwriters Gertrude Purcell and Frances Hyland, John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Patsy Kelly, and Edgar Kennedy for turning what could have been just another "B" movie into something special. I give it a 9/10 and it's one of my favorite John Wayne Movies. I hope you'll discover this little gem of a movie!
  • John Wayne's acting range comes through loud and clear on this one. In Old California, Duke's romantic side is on full display. For this there is no better leading lady than Brit Binnie Barnes. The casting was perfect for this one. Albert Dekker played the heavy to perfection. The comic relief was brilliantly played by arguing couple Patsy Kelly and Edgar Kennedy. Good to see the world's first Captain America, DIck Purcell and every town needs a town drunk like Emmett Lynn. Great action and great acting in this classic western.
  • Boston druggist John Wayne travels to Sacramento to open a drug store. On the way he angers big-shot Albert Dekker, who attempts to blackball Wayne, only to find him partner up with his girlfriend, leading to the inevitable love-triangle, skulduggery, and showdown.

    One of the minor Wayne westerns cranked out by Republic Pictures in the nineteen-forties, this mild programmer is pleasant enough entertainment, though nothing really to write home about. It could have been a little better.

    The Duke is a bit softer than usual, in a role that's a lot different than you're used to seeing, that of an educated, suit-wearing gentleman.
  • This isn't your run-of-the-mill Western of the era. John Wayne's performance is wonderful as a confident, strong, educated Pharmacist! Something totally different! Unfortunately the public of the time didn't give him a chance to explore the depths of his acting abilities. They wanted the big, macho shhoot-em-up guy they'd been seeing in all those B Westerns. What a shame! This is a gem of a film! Great cast and lots of fun. There is plenty of action and gun play but also a hero with a brain! Duke was able to pay tribute to his Dad who was a Pharmacist in this well done film. Give it a view!
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    Wayne comes to a primitive Sacramento as a pharmacist from Boston. He wanted this role because his father was a pharmacist. He immediately gets on the bad side of Sacramento's "boss", Britt Dawson, by carrying his longtime girlfriend(Lacey) across a muddy street, despite her initial protests. By the end of this scene, we are pretty sure who she will eventually wind up with. Wayne proceeds to become an ever bigger thorn in Dawson's side and they have occasional altercations. Meanwhile, Wayne and a prim young society lady from San Francisco become engaged for marriage. Later, they would have a falling out, and the young lady would return to S.F. Lacey keeps dropping hints that she might drop Dawson for Wayne, but he plays dumb, not wanting further trouble from Dawson. The story starts getting very fanciful when Wayne is saved from a hanging by a loudmouth who yells "gold!" Disgusted with both Dawson and Wayne, Lacey leaves and ends up in a gold camp with a typhoid epidemic. Wayne incredibly convinces fleeing gold miners to turn around and take his medicine to the gold camps(How many wagons does it take to transport a few boxes of medicines?!). Dawson's gang ambushes the wagon train to trade medicine for gold in the miner camps.(The fact that there were no effective medicines or vaccines for typhoid until the 20th century seems to have escaped the attention of the script editor!) The problematic developing relationship between Wayne sidekick Edgar Kennedy and Lacey's maid, Patsy Kelly, while humorous at times, is merely distracting at other times.

    The character who yelled "Gold", thus saving the Duke from hanging, is based on the true story of Samuel Brannan, who wanted San Franciscoans to get excited about disbelieved rumors of placer gold in the American River valley. As he traveled the streets of S.F. yelling "Gold!", he held up a bottle with gold nuggets to prove his point. This started the initial stampede that rendered S.F. nearly a ghost town for a time. Why did Brannan do this? He owned the only general store in the general region of the gold fields and had hoarded all the supplies in S.F. he imagined miners would need. In fact, he would soon become a millionaire by charging outrageous prices for the essential gear and supplies. The character Britt Dawson might also be seen as based on Brannan. Actually, Sacramento didn't exist at the time of the gold strike. Sutter's Fort, where Brannan had his original general store, was all there was in this area. Brannan would use the fortune he made from selling supplies to the miners to buy up and develop sizable parts of existing S.F. and the future Sacramento.

    At approximately the same time this film was made, Wayne was involved in another film about a gold rush near Nome, Alaska:"The Spoilers", with basically the same plot, involving a young spoiled debutante and an older worldly woman with a heart of gold vying for the Duke's heart. Costaring Randolf Scott and Marlene Detrick, it is a much better known film.
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    For a Republic Film this one has a large cast headed by the Duke. Then a lot of the support from Edgar Kennedy to Patsy Kelly are darned good character actors. Several silent film actors have bit roles. There is one thing that puts this B Feature above the average one- good Direction. The director of Key Largo keeps this movie well paced and handles the cast well.

    Wayne plays a druggist/pharmacist from Boston who is coming to California to marry his girl friend in San Francisco. Because of some bad guys he winds up in Sacramento opening a drug store. Kennedy becomes his side kick when the druggist heals his bad tooth.

    From here, there's sub-plots from murder to poisoning, to typhoid panic, to the gold rush to keep things hopping as things get rolling. Formula holds here as the bad guy is trying to get rid of the druggist as he is afraid of losing his girl. In the end, he drives her into Wayne's arms. Meanwhile the girl he came to marry suddenly is not so attractive due to her own selfish desires.

    I have given too much away, but this film is an enjoyable one, a better than average Republic Western.
  • The main novelty here is watching John Wayne in an unusual western role for him, a pharmacist for whom violence is not the first resource, although he is still tough enough. Wayne could give his characters a sort of gentle charm that serves him well here.

    Other than that, we get a decent story, entertaining but nothing special.
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    It's doc John Wayne against the bad guys in this Northern California set saga of the gold rush near Sacramento. The Duke makes a new friend the minute he arrives and gives chloroform to the rotund Edgar Kennedy who is prepared to take on anybody who tries to take out the bad tooth he has infecting his mouth. Taking the boat to Sacramento where he sets up a pharmacy, he makes an enemy out of the powerful Albert Dekker when he receives the interest of saloon singer Binnie Barnes. When Waynes' Bostonian socialite fiancée Helen Parrish arrives, it is instantly clear who has the manners and who is the wildcat. Gold is discovered nearby just as Wayne is about to be hanged for a crime he didn't commit, and Dekker and his gang are none too happy about it. But there is betrayal afoot, as well as a plague, and Wayne must come to the rescue.

    One of Wayne's most unique roles has him cast as an Easterner visiting the old west, and in this Republic programmer, there is every archetype of character and situation that makes these films a lot of fun. Comic Patsy Kelly is on hand to place a shotgun on the feisty Kennedy to get him to the alter. Barnes, not known for her vocal pipes, gets to sing a humorous ditty called "California Joe" that offers some amusing lyrics. As a history of the gold rush, this might not be right on the money, but it's a better alternative to "Paint Your Wagon".
  • The underlying story is reasonable with just enough unpredictability amid the gentle comedy to make you wonder how it's all going to work. Some of the big gunfights feel like low-budget fillers, with people just randomly shooting, rather than being properly choreographed. However, what is really enjoyable is seeing John Wayne come of age as a lead actor convincingly. I may be wrong but this may one of the first, if not the first film where we get both his distinctive walk and that unique way of delivering lines where he throws in pauses mid-sentence. Entertaining fun.
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    This film is a disappointment from top to bottom. While I could have understood a film of this nature from the Duke's poverty row days, by 1942 he was making quality pictures like _The Spoilers_ and _The Long Voyage Home_. Even flicks like _Pittsburgh_ and _In Old Oklahoma_, while formulaic, at least followed a _good_ formula. This film isn't offensive enough to make me hate it like _Big Jim McLain_ or _Donovan's Reef_, but it's plenty bad. No action, no character, no story, no reason to watch.
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    Copyright 31 May 1942 by Republic Pictures Corp. New York opening at Loew's Criterion: 17 June 1942. U.S. release: 31 May 1942. U.K. release through British Lion: 11 January 1943. Australian release through British Empire Films: 18 November 1943. 8,116 feet. 90 minutes.

    SYNOPSIS: Wayne reported back to Republic for In Old California to play Tom Craig, a young Bostonian who meets an attractive dance hall singer Lacey Miller (Binnie Barnes) en route to Sacramento where he plans to set up as a pharmacist. She is engaged to Britt Dawson (Albert Dekker), the boss of Sacramento politics who lives off tribute exacted from ranchers in the area. Dawson tries to make it impossible for Wayne to find a site for his pharmacy but is foiled when Lacey goes into partnership with him. Wayne becomes a popular fellow as he cures the local aches and pains but he remains aloof from Lacey because of her engagement to Dawson. a

    COMMENT: A disappointing Wayne movie all around. Firstly the script makes him a druggist of all things. Nothing macho about a druggist - particularly in Hollywood movies where either surly Charles Halton or bright but dim Irving Bacon have this profession sewn up. Then our hero is constantly bested by the villain but never gets the chance to even the score. A strange characterization indeed! Thirdly, he is forced to play opposite Binnie Barnes, a lively girl in her day, but so poorly photographed here she looks old enough to play Wayne's mother! Fourthly, he is constantly upstaged by a lot of knockabout comic relief perpetrated by Edgar Kennedy and Patsy Kelly.

    OTHER VIEWS: Not one of Wayne's brightest vehicles. True, there are some large crowd scenes, and exciting action spots including a saloon slug-fest between Wayne and Dekker (and their doubles, though these are so well integrated they are difficult to detect) and a climax in which a troop of baddies pour down over the hills to attack the wagon train (there are some nice stunts here too, though the whole sweeping effect is a bit spoiled by some very obvious studio cut-ins).

    Binnie Barnes is too old to be playing heroines (she is none too flatteringly photographed, either) and the script with Wayne cast in the unlikely role of a druggist leading to a climax in which he leads a train of medical supplies to the victims of typhoid at a gold mining camp is, despite a few bright lines of dialogue, sheer hoke whose plot is as unconvincing as its dialogue is cliché-written.

    The comic relief provided by Edgar Kennedy and Patsy Kelly is wearisomely predictable and is not helped by director William McGann's unimaginative handling. Only the direction of the action scenes excels - and these were doubtless megaphoned by Yakima Canutt. However, other production values are not even up McGann's usual standard of competence.

    The photography especially, is careless and slip-shod (when the light is turned right down at the Higgins shack, it makes not the slightest difference to the lighting on the set) and the sets are for the most part neither eye-pleasing nor lavishly appointed. Process work is poor, the film looks as if it has been edited with a meat-axe, and the sound has been recorded on such a low level it is necessary to turn the volume control right up increasing the level of surface noise.

    4 is an extremely generous mark.
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    . . . Ronnie Reagan (True Fact--you can Wiki it) and his pharmacist dad (a "regular Joe" dumped in divorce by his snooty mom), John Wayne fights here defending a form of Obamacare, urging The People to shoot it out with ANYONE trying to take away their Obamacare, simultaneously declaring off-screen that Mexico must not become a Dumping Ground for AMER!CAN killers and rapists. (Much of the above information about IN OLD CALIFORN!A comes from the "Production Notes" on its 1999 Artisan DVD release; the rest is from this site, and\or is Common Knowledge.) When Typhoid Fever hits the California 49'Ers Gold Rushers, Wayne's Pharmacist Character "Tom Craig" heads a convoy delivering FREE (that is, taxpayer-provided) Medicine to those stricken. Fellow travelers of the Rich People's Party try to intervene on behalf of Private Enterprise to maximize the Profit Potential of this situation (just as American Big Pharma is making headlines all the time Today). But Tom and his gang of Obamacare Fans gun down this entire Capitalist Crowd. During the shoot the Private Enterprisers discussed continuing their campaign to Rape and Pillage Normal People by crossing into Mexico, but John Wayne insisted that this bit be cut from the final film, since he had three Mexican wives (though probably consecutively, not concurrently).
  • btreakle7 September 2020
    I don't date in old California was so typical film won the 1940s era petri John Wayne and American hero cowboy someone to look up to. Great feel highly recommend it if you're John Wayne fan
  • An American Western; A story set in the late 1840s about a mild-mannered pharmacist from Boston who opens a shop in Sacramento shortly before the Gold Rush. Two heavy-handed town brothers object to his drugstore business, especially when a saloon hostess takes an interest in the handsome newcomer. John Wayne gives a good performance with a trademark sturdy, manly presence. It's provides light comic relief, action and romance but it is a slight story stretched to feature length. The direction is adequate but nothing more. Predictably there are gunfights, romance, horseback chases and comical drunkards but, alas, no surprises.
  • The gold rush. everyone gets rich! John Wayne had already hit it big in Stagecoach a couple years back. Here, he's Craig, pharmacist from Boston, on is way to Sacramento. His east coast ways don't go over too well here on the rough and ready west coast. Costars regulars Binnie Barnes and Milton Kibbee. The typical good cowboy (pharmacist) against bad cowboy. Patsy Kelly is in here for comedy. and there are comedy bits here and there. Sure, there's a serious storyline here, or actually a bunch of little subplots all over the place. horses galloping along. rootin, tootin, shootin! It's just okay. kind of goes rambling all over. Directed by William McGann, who had started in the silents and worked his way up to director. nominated for "Stolen Life". best part of this is patsy kelly. she's fun.
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