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In Old California
In Old California
Actors: John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish, Patsy Kelly
Director: William C. McGann
Genres: Westerns
NR     2000     1hr 28min

Gold rush fever leads to cold-hearted corruption and hot-blooded revenge. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 11/09/2004 Starring: John Wayne Helen Parrish Run time: 88 minutes Rating: Nr


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Actors: John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish, Patsy Kelly
Director: William C. McGann
Creators: Jack A. Marta, Howard O'Neill, Robert North, Frances Hyland, Gertrude Purcell, Gladys Atwater, J. Robert Bren
Genres: Westerns
Sub-Genres: Westerns
Studio: Republic Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 05/16/2000
Original Release Date: 05/31/1942
Theatrical Release Date: 05/31/1942
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The DUKE is great, but the rest are second-rate...
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 06/15/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"In one of The DUKE's more off-beat roles, he plays a Gold Rush era
druggist in this picture. Turns out John Wayne's father was a
druggist, which is why DUKE wanted to play the role.Although he
does engage in some gunplay, for the most part, DUKE is not the center
of action in this one. Rather, he's more or less a gentle man of
science who tries to bring much needed medicines to Sacremento. In the
process of following his dream, and the attentions of saloon girl
Lacey Miller, he incurs the wrath of local bad guy and town boss Britt
Dawson and his brother.Eventually, DUKE has to choose between two
girls, clear his name of selling poisoned medicines, have it out with
the Dawsons, and save a gold mining camp from typhoid fever. All in a
day's work for The DUKE!Unfortunately, this 1942 effort is not
exactly a classic DUKE movie. Rather, it plays more like some of the
non-descript "B" westerns DUKE made between 1930's "The
Big Trail", and 1939's "Stagecoach". Most of the
cast is forgettable, save DUKE and Patsy Kelly. Kelly played comedic
roles similar to those played by Mary Wickes, and she stands out better
than the bland villains in the film. Her comedic love interest is
okay, though somewhat William Frawley-ish.As for the DVD, the
transfer is fair at best. The print is pretty well-worn, and even
identifies itself as being a re-release print in the opening
credits!While DUKE's part is pretty interesting, unless you are a
DUKE or Kelly completist, you could probably pass this one up.