War of the Wildcats – In Old Oklahoma –
VIDEO of War Of The Wildcats – In Old Oklahoma (1943) – John Wayne
|In Old Oklahoma|
|Directed by||Albert S. Rogell|
|Produced by||Robert North|
|Screenplay by||Ethel Hill
|Story by||Thomson Burtis|
|Music by||Walter Scharf|
|Cinematography||Jack A. Marta|
|Edited by||Ernest J. Nims|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
|Box office||$2.5 million (US rentals)|
In Old Oklahoma (reissued as War of the Wildcats) is a 1943 American Western film directed by Albert S. Rogell starring John Wayne and Martha Scott. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and the other for Sound Recording (Daniel J. Bloomberg).
Eastern school teacher Catherine Allen becomes notorious in 1906 when it is learned that she has authored a romance novel. She decides to move West and begin a new life.
On the train, oil man Jim Gardner makes a pass at her. Catherine asks a cowboy, Dan Somers, to sit nearby as a safety measure. Both are on their way to Oklahoma, with stagecoach driver Despirit Dean tagging along with his friend Dan.
Many people in Sapulpa are upset with Jim’s business tactics. A farmer feels he was paid too little for his property after Jim discovers oil there. Jim is furious when Dan strongly discourages Chief Big Tree from selling Indian land at too low an offer.
Dan travels to Washington, D.C., to ask President Theodore Roosevelt about oil rights. He fought for Teddy and the Rough Riders a few years before. Teddy offers him a chance to transport thousands of barrels of oil to a Tulsa refinery to win the rights over Jim, which leads to Jim’s hired man, the Cherokee Kid, setting off an explosion and sabotaging the trip.
Catherine and Dan fall in love, with hotel owner Bessie Baxter playing matchmaker. A final fistfight between Dan and Jim settles matters once and for all.
- John Wayne as Daniel F. Somers
- Martha Scott as Catherine Elizabeth Allen
- Albert Dekker as Jim “Hunk” Gardner
- George “Gabby” Hayes as Despirit Dean
- Marjorie Rambeau as Bessie Baxter
- Dale Evans as Cuddles Walker
- Grant Withers as Richardson
- Sidney Blackmer as Theodore Roosevelt
- Paul Fix as the Cherokee Kid
- Cecil Cunningham as Mrs. Ames
- Irving Bacon as Ben
- Byron Foulger as Wilkins
- Anne O’Neal as Mrs. Peabody
- Richard Graham as Walter Ames
- “Top Grossers of the Season”, Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
- “The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners”. oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- “In Old Oklahoma”. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- In Old Oklahoma at the American Film Institute Catalog
- In Old Oklahoma at the Internet Movie Database
- In Old Oklahoma is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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