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Gold Rush Maisie (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Maisie Ravier finds herself stranded in an Arizona ghost town with a family of migrant dust bowl refugees. The ghost town, it turns out, may have a gold mine.


Edwin L. Marin, J. Walter Ruben (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
Lee Bowman ... Bill Anders
Slim Summerville ... Fred Gubbins
Virginia Weidler ... Jubie Davis
Mary Nash ... Sarah Davis
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Bert Davis
Scotty Beckett ... Harold Davis
Irving Bacon ... Harry Gilpin
Louis Mason ... Elmo Beecher
Victor Kilian Jr. Victor Kilian Jr. ... Ned Sullivan (as Victor Killian Jr.)
Wallace Reid Jr. ... Matt Sullivan
Virginia Sale ... Mrs. Harry Gilpin
Frank Orth ... Harris
Kathryn Sheldon Kathryn Sheldon ... Mrs. Sullivan
Eddy Waller ... Ben Hartley


Maisie becomes attached to a dirt-poor farmer and his family as they try to make ends meet joining hundreds of others digging for gold in a previously panned-out ghost town. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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"Gold! We got it! Brother, I can feel a mink coat snapping and snarling around my ankles right now!" See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dorada ilusión See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 4 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Altoona PA 19 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Philadelphia 11 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Phoenix 15 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Chicago 28 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Honolulu 2 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Akron 23 January 1958 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Baltimore 4 February 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Peoria 11 February 1958 on WTVH (Channel 19), in New Haven 22 February 1958 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Seattle 10 May 1958 on KING (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 6 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); the Gold Rush finally took Maisie to New York City 16 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Early in the movie when Maisie is frightened and gives out a yell; she gets a loud echo. The only mountains in the area are far off in the distance. There is nothing in the area that would cause an echo. See more »


Maisie Ravier: Every man knows somethin' about a car.
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Followed by Undercover Maisie (1947) See more »

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You Can't Eat Gold
5 July 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie may not have done much for comedic Maisie, but it' a worthy reflection of Depression era straits. I like the way Maisie's slowly drawn into the Davis family plight. They're a hard-scrabble family who've lost their farm, along with thousands of others, and are now living hand to mouth. The city-bred Maisie meets up with them as they along with other dispossessed farmers are traveling as part of a rumored gold rush. Though separated at first by a cultural contrast, Maisie's drawn into the family by the common humanity their plight represents, especially by winning little Jubie Davis (Weidler). Together, they share their meager money, along with hopes of a gold strike that will lift their fortunes.

Though MGM has hired a big crowd of extras and costumed them in appropriately seedy clothes, Maisie still stands out. But what about those tacky exteriors that fairly shout studio sound stage. Why make the costuming so realistic, then background them with such outdoor phoniness. After all, this is MGM. At times, Sothern's a little shrill for my taste, but manages to remain likable, while actor Bowman as the reluctant benefactor makes for a churlish and unusual leading man. Too bad little Weidler is largely forgotten. She made for a charmingly plain-faced youngster, without being cutesy. Anyway, the overall result is a curious combination of Depression era drama and Maisie type spunk minus the series' usual laughs. So, fans of the series may find this entry too pointed for their liking. But I enjoyed it for its strong moral and as a reflection of the desperate times.

(In passing-- My dad owned a Colorado gold mine many years ago, and I remember as a boy how eagerly he awaited assay office results so he would know where next to tunnel. In fact, with a few notable exceptions gold in its natural state is unrecognizable. Instead, it's blended into ore that must then be tested for its gold content. So the movie's element of suspense is not fictional.)

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