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Gold Is Where You Find It1938

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)





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Michael Curtiz directs this Technicolor Western based on the familiar story by Clements Ripley about the rivalry between farmers and miners in the Sacramento valley during the years following the California Gold Rush. Handsome engineer Jared Whitney (George Brent) from the Golden Moon mining company arrives in a small town to supervise their operations. He oversees boorish mining foreman Slag Minton (Burton MacLane), then goes to bar where he befriends Lance (Tim Holt), the son of prominent wheat farmer Colonel Chris Ferris (Claude Rains). He ends up falling in love with Lance's sister, Serena (Olivia deHavilland), despite their alliances with opposing forces. They are forbidden to see each other when her father finds out, so Jared goes back to San Francisco to work with his boss, Harrison McCooey (Sidney Toler), on a dam construction project. Meanwhile, Lance chooses the side of the miners over the farmers when he leaves the town to stay with his Uncle Ralph (John Litel). When local farmer John McKenzie (Russell Simpson) loses his family and his farm due to the destruction caused by the miners, Chris supports him in a law suit against the mining company. This all escalates into a violent armed confrontation between the farmers and the miners, leading up to an explosive conclusion and a romantic reunion.


George Brent
as Jared Whitney
Olivia de Havilland
as Serena Ferris
Claude Rains
as Col. Ferris
John Litel
as Ralph Ferris
Tim Holt
as Lanceford Ferris
Barton MacLane
as Slag Minton
Marcia Ralston
as Molly Featherstone
Sidney Toler
as Harrison McCoy
Clarence Kolb
as Sen. Walsh
Harry Davenport
as Dr. Parsons
Moroni Olsen
as Sen. Hearst
Cy Kendall
as Kingan
Cliff Saum
as Medicine Man
Frank Pharr
as Rancher
Sue Moore
as Guest
Wilfred Lucas
as Man at Stock Exchange
Thomas R. Mills
as Man at Stock Exchange
John Harron
as Man at Stock Exchange
Daisy Lee Garripoli
as Chinese Maid
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Critic Reviews for Gold Is Where You Find It

All Critics (4)

The picture is given brisk direction and moves swiftly to its sure-fire climax.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a vigorous and exciting film which manages to present a great deal of technical and historical detail without crippling the narrative. The technicolor isn't just gorgeous here - it's sharp and firm and well balanced.

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It's jam but good jam-with a few better moments you don't often find in films like this, and Mr. Claude Rains, as the farmers' leader, is chiefly responsible for these.

September 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Michael Curtiz directs a Western that is almost of epic proportions.

November 7, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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