6.4/10
1,026
21 user 10 critic

In Old California (1942)

Passed | | Action, Romance, Western | 31 May 1942 (USA)
During the California Gold Rush, Boston pharmacist Tom Craig sets up shop in Sacramento where he clashes with local town crook Britt Dawson.

Director:

William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writers:

Gertrude Purcell (screenplay), Frances Hyland (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1906, on Oklahoma's Indian lands, a cowboy fights for oil lease rights against a greedy oilman while a pretty schoolteacher steals both men's hearts.

Director: Albert S. Rogell
Stars: John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker
Dakota (1945)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Walter Brennan
Adventure | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, George Sanders
The Spoilers (1942)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne
Mystery | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Director: James Edward Grant
Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey
Tycoon (1947)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In South America, an American engineer is asked by his boss to build a mountain railroad tunnel following a shorter but more dangerous route.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: John Wayne, Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During WW2, the U.S. Navy implements a new idea of forming construction battalions that also are fighting units, in case of Japanese attack.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the 1860s in the South Pacific, Capt. Ralls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous ship owner and a giant octopus.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young
Dark Command (1940)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1818 Alabama, French settlers are pitted against greedy land-grabber Blake Randolph but Kentucky militiaman John Breen, who's smitten with French gal Fleurette De Marchand, comes to the settlers' aid.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn
Flying Tigers (1942)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

Director: David Miller
Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Tom Craig
Binnie Barnes ... Lacey Miller
Albert Dekker ... Britt Dawson
Helen Parrish ... Ellen Sanford
Patsy Kelly ... Helga
Edgar Kennedy ... Kegs McKeever
Dick Purcell ... Joe Dawson
Harry Shannon ... Mr. Carlin
Charles Halton ... Mr. Hayes
Emmett Lynn ... Whitey
Robert McKenzie ... Mr. Bates (as Bob McKenzie)
Milton Kibbee ... Ezra Tompkins (as Milt Kibbee)
Paul Sutton ... Chick - Dawson's Henchman
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Tompkins
Edit

Storyline

Boston pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento, where he runs afoul of local political boss Britt Dawson, who exacts protection payment from the citizenry. Dawson frames Craig with poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Runs the River See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Takes place during the California Gold Rush of 1849. See more »

Quotes

Britt Dawson: That'll teach ya to lay hands on the lady I aim to marry.
Tom Craig: Oh, well in that case I offer my sincerest apologies.
Britt Dawson: Apologies for walloping ya?
Tom Craig: No, for treating your bride-to-be like a package.
Britt Dawson: What kind of lingo is this?
Lacey Miller: Oh, he's from Boston.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

She Was a Heavenly Sight
Written by Johnny Marvin and Fred Rose
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
very watchable and slight film
26 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed