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Wildcat(1942)

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Brief Synopsis

Wildcatter Johnny Maverick (Richard Arlen) and his pal, Chicopee Nevins (Elisha Cook, Jr.) are speeding toward Antril Bend, a small town in the oil region, that has offered $25,000 to the person bringing in the first oil well.They accidently find oil on the town's outskirts, and Johnny writes a $4000 hot check for the property. He covers that by having Chicopee sell his half interest to oil promoter Gus Sloane (John Dilson) for $7000. Sloane hires a crew to start drilling on his half of the property, with Johnny's old enemy, Mile Rawlins (Larry "Buster" Crabbe) as his foreman. Rawlins sabotages Johnny's rig, causing Chicopee's death. Confidence man Oliver Westbrook (William Frawley) and his confederate, Nan Dearing (Arline Judge) hatch a plan to swindle Johnny by having Nan pose as Chicopee's sister. It works and Johnny makes Nan his partner. Another accident staged by Rawlins forces Johnny to sign a note to get money for repair. Nan falls in love with Johnny and abandons her plan to swindle him. As the note deadline approaches, Johnny learns that Sloane has purchased it as a means of taking over the well.

Cast & Crew

Frank McDonald Director
Richard Arlen Johnny Maverick
Arline Judge Nan Dearing
William Frawley Oliver Westbrook
Arthur Hunnicutt Watchfob Jones
Elisha Cook Jr. [Harold] Chicopee Nevins
Ralph Sanford Grits O'Malley
Alec Craig Joseph D. Campbell
John Dilson Gus Sloane
Will Wright Paw Smithers
Jessica Newcombe Maw Smithers
Billy Benedict Bud Smithers
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1942 Production Date:  EB; AFI
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  70 or 73 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  6,548    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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