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Gold Is Where You Find It

1938 1h 30m Western List
Reviews 23% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Mining expert Jared Whitney (George Brent) is courting Serena (Olivia de Havilland), but her father, farmer Col. Ferris (Claude Rains), views Jared as a symbol of the new mining techniques that damage the land and disapproves of him. As Jared goes to work for a devious mining company run by rival members of the Ferris family, Serena begins to sour on him. But when Jared learns that his employer's recklessness led to a man's death, he sees why the elder Ferris resists some new mining companies. Read More Read Less

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John Kinloch California Eagle The picture is given brisk direction and moves swiftly to its sure-fire climax. Oct 30, 2019 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine 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. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Graham Greene The Spectator 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. Sep 6, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Michael Curtiz directs a Western that is almost of epic proportions. Rated: B+ Nov 7, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D You should leave it. Rains is its only spark and he isn't in it enough. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review CodyZamboni Quite serious and intelligent movie about the war between gold diggers and wheat farmers. Features some great location photography, and exciting large scale disaster action. I liked the fascinating details on the use water hoses to strip the hills of mud to get the gold. Best part of the movie is the lovely Olivia De Havilland, so attractive. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/30/23 Full Review kevin w 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, one of my favorites, is given but little to do, and Claude Rains works uphill to inject life into his one note character. Only Tim Holt shines in this muddled effort. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member 141114: Some serious deja vu with this one. Almost scary but can't imagine I've seen this '38 movie before and forgotten it. There are some strong similarities with another movie I recently watched titled Guns of the Timberland (1960). Some scenes almost seem to match. Possible? Couldn't find anything on the net regarding these similarities. Once again, here comes Gabby Hayes reminiscing about the Civil War as he's about to enter into another one. With the number of actors used, seemed almost a war movie in the closing act. Decent film with historical reference. Not a hard-core western but close enough to fill the void...though since commencing upon this old movie trek I can't say there's a void anymore. Most of this old stuff is sheer entertainment and class. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member good technicolour western Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member good technicolor western Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mining expert Jared Whitney (George Brent) is courting Serena (Olivia de Havilland), but her father, farmer Col. Ferris (Claude Rains), views Jared as a symbol of the new mining techniques that damage the land and disapproves of him. As Jared goes to work for a devious mining company run by rival members of the Ferris family, Serena begins to sour on him. But when Jared learns that his employer's recklessness led to a man's death, he sees why the elder Ferris resists some new mining companies.
Director
Michael Curtiz
Producer
Hal B. Wallis
Screenwriter
Warren Duff, Robert Buckner
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 7, 2014
Runtime
1h 30m