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In Old Oklahoma (1943)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 6 December 1943 (USA)
In 1906, on Oklahoma's Indian lands, a cowboy fights for oil lease rights against a greedy oilman while a pretty schoolteacher steals both men's hearts.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Thomson Burtis (original story), Ethel Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Daniel F. Somers
Martha Scott ... Catherine Elizabeth Allen
Albert Dekker ... Jim 'Hunk' Gardner
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Despirit Dean
Marjorie Rambeau ... Bessie Baxter
Dale Evans ... Cuddles Walker
Grant Withers ... Richardson
Sidney Blackmer ... Teddy Roosevelt
Paul Fix ... Cherokee Kid
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Ames
Irving Bacon ... Ben
Byron Foulger ... Wilkins
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Peabody
Richard Graham Richard Graham ... Walter Ames
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Storyline

Cowboy Dan Somers and oilman Jim "Hunk" Gardner compete for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the favors of schoolteacher Cathy Allen. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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THE EARTH EXPLODES! as untamed men clash for power and a woman! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Wildcats See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rhonda Fleming's film debut. See more »

Goofs

As Wayne's character builds his oil rig and races to strike oil, the words of the months appearing on screen to show time passing are in an art deco font--a strange choice, seeing as the film's story is set in the early 20th century before the Roaring 20s. See more »

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John Wayne Channels 'Destry'
13 May 2006 | by louis-kingSee all my reviews

John Wayne plays a cowboy who allows himself to be underestimated by wildcatter Albert Dekker. His 'aw shucks' manner like Jimmy Stewart in 'Destry Rides Again' masks a tough, intelligent character who rises to the challenge posed by Albert Dekker's Jim Gardner.

Part of what makes the movie interesting is that the villain, Jim Gardner, is not just a standard heavy. Yes, he's a ruthless businessman, single minded in his drive for success. On the other hand, he's competent and he's no coward. Early in the movie he arrives at one of his well sites and is told there's a mechanical problem. None of his workers seem able or willing to fix it. Disregarding his personal safety, he climbs a rope to the top of the well and fixes the problem.

He's also a close physical match for John Wayne's character, with two long fights. Like it or not, Gardner represents the kind of entrepreneur that built this country. You can't help having a grudging respect for him.

Wayne's Dan Somers has a populist outlook. At the sight of an oil well spouting oil, Martha Scott's Cathy Allen, gushes "It smells like a new day, like prosperity"; Somers replies, "To me it just smells".

Somers saves Gardner from getting shot by a disgruntled farmer, then prevents Gardner from beating up the farmer. Somers seems to represent a 'New Deal' philosophy.


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