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|Gold Is Where You Find It|
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Story by||Clements Ripley|
|Edited by||Clarence Kolster|
Owen Marks (uncredited)
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Gold is Where You Find It is a 1938 American Western film that gives a fictionalized account of a true event — an ecological disaster whose effects are still felt in California today. Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, and Claude Rains, with a screenplay by Warren Duff and Robert Buckner based on a story by Clements Ripley, the film is set 30 years after the first California Gold Rush, when hydraulic mining sends floods of muddy sludge into the Sacramento Valley, destroying crops and homes, ruining land and water sources and killing people caught in their path. The film highlights the conflict between the mining companies and the wheat farmers by adding a romance between a mining engineer (George Brent) and the daughter (Olivia de Havilland) of a prominent farmer (Claude Rains). She is herself dedicated to the idea that fruit can be raised in the valley. This Technicolor feature film was released on February 12, 1938, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
A new gold strike in California ten years after the American Civil War triggers a bitter feud between farmers and miners using hydraulic mining methods that devastate the wheat farms of the Sacramento Valley.
The film ends with Jared and Serena looking out over the valley while Jared speaks eloquently of the possible future. A vivid montage shows all the different trees bearing fruit there in the 1930s, ending with the orange groves. Serena's vision, once dismissed as impossible, has been realized.
- George Brent as Jared Whitney
- Olivia de Havilland as Serena Ferris
- Claude Rains as Col. Chris Ferris
- Margaret Lindsay as Rosanne McCooey Ferris
- John Litel as Ralph Ferris
- Marcia Ralston as Molly Featherstone
- Barton MacLane as Slag Minton (Credits list the character as Slag Martin)
- Tim Holt as Lance Ferris
- Sidney Toler as Harrison McCooey
- Henry O'Neill as Supreme Court Judge
- Douglas Wood as District Court Judge Clayburn
- Willie Best as Joshua
- Robert McWade as Mr. Crouch
- George 'Gabby' Hayes as Enoch (as George Hayes)
- Russell Simpson as MacKenzie
- Harry Davenport as Dr. Parsons
- Clarence Kolb as Major Walsh
- Moroni Olsen as Sen. George Hearst
- Walter Rodgers as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
While stationed in South Carolina in 1919, Clements Ripley met and married Katherine (Kattie) Ball, the daughter of noted journalist W. W. Ball. They lived in North Carolina and grew peaches until 1927, when they moved to Charleston, South Carolina to become writers.
The real landmark lawsuit was Woodruff v. North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company, brought in 1882 and settled in 1884.
According to TCM's Brian Cady, "director Michael Curtiz's felicity with the Technicolor camera led Warner Brothers to put him in the director's chair in place of William Keighley for their next Technicolor extravaganza, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). "
- American Film Institute Catalog
- "Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – Articles – TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
- "Hollywood Holds A World Premier In Mining Town". The Christian Science Monitor. February 5, 1938. p. 3.
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