Gold Is Where You Find It

1938

Gold Is Where You Find It

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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.

Cast

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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Audience Reviews for Gold Is Where You Find It

  • 18h ago
    Love me some Michael Curtiz usually but this one I'll let pass, yah, because it's an uneven account of a territorial struggle in California between gold miners and farmers. It's a story that they try to inject drama into but their focus wavers (who's the character to zoom in on? where's our sympathy lie?) and then so does yours. As well, George Brent was Bette Davis' favorite leading man for a reason, it seems. He takes up a lot of space at six foot one, yes, but is hardly memorable. Olivia DeHavilland, another one of my favorites, is given but little to do. Only Tim Holt shines in this muddled effort.
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