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"The Naked Hills" - California Gold Rush Adventure
released on June 17, 1956
The Actors: David Wayne (Tracy Powell), Keenan Wynn (Sam Wilkins), James Barton (Jimmo McCann), Marcia Henderson (Julie), Jim Backus (Willis Haver), Denver Pyle (Bert Killian / Narrator), Myrna Dell (Aggie), Lewis L. Russell (Baxter), Frank Fenton (Harold), Fuzzy Knight (pitch man), Jim Hayward (counter man), Christopher Olsen (Billy as a boy), Steven Terrell (Billy as a young man), Nick Borgani (prospector), Rudy Bowman (man outside bank), Chet Brandenburg (prospector), Paul E. Burns (prospector), James Conaty (man in hotel lobby), James Dime (prospector)
A Man Who Would to be King
Did you ever have a dream for more . . . for different . . . for unique . . . Did you ever dream for something that no one else could see . . . Did you ever dream for something that everyone called you a fool for chasing? Tracy Powell, played by David Wayne, has such a dream. Who is actor David Wayne? He is one of those actors that you immediately recognize . . . You have seen him in many movies and television shows and you even recognize his voice when he speaks, but you never knew his name . . . His name was seldom in huge letters at the beginning of the movie, but rather in small type as one of the supporting actors. In this gold prospecting adventure he is our leading man . . . the man who gets kicked in the teeth so many times while he searches for gold riches that he doesn't even feel it any more. Tracy Powell goes west to California with his friend Bert after reading about the gold being discovered there and is determined to find a rich vein and be a king of the world . . . but the first man he meets in the California gold country is Willis Haver, played by Jim Backus. Haver is the man who gets rich by cheating the hard working prospectors . . . always a few steps ahead of the hard-working prospectors. As our adventure continues our hero discovers a couple of gold veins but gets cheated out of his find by Haver, who has grown wealthy and becomes one of the richest men in the territory, while Tracy continues to search for his part of the American Dream by discovering a vein of gold that no one can take from him. He leaves his wife to follow his dream . . . after being cheated and beat down by events, people and circumstances, he becomes an old man still searching for his dream while everyone around him makes a good life in the new land called California. Will he find his riches by dogged persistence, or become one of the old-timers who never reaches his dream? Some men don't know when to quit . . . and others maybe give up too soon. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
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Probably my all time favorite movie, My Man Godfrey in 1936 not only gives us an comedic peek at the wealthiest and poorest during the Great Depression, but also was the vehicle for Carole Lombard to create the movie icon of the 'dumb blonde screwball comedy' that is a popular theme even today.
Meet John Doe - 1941: The Frank Capra classic set in the Great Depression era that pits the common man against the political masters. You can't be a fan of old movies until you watch Frank Capra's old movies. This one premiered seventy years ago, and it still stirs our emotions and thoughts now. It is as timely as if it were produced today.
The Time of Your Life - 1948: James Cagney financed this strangely different feel-good movie, and he plays the part of Joe, a barfly that tries to live his life by making everyone around him better. I watch this one often, and try to become more like Joe every day.
Painted Faces - 1929: Comedy legend Joe E. Brown is a circus clown in a surprisingly serious role as a juror in a Christmas week murder trial who tells the other jurors a story that will change their verdicts in a pre-code drama that could not have been made a few years later.
Charade - 1963: It doesn't get much better than Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in a tale of death, deception, spies and lost wealth as a woman tries to sort out the good guys from the bad guys in this cold-war spy thriller love story.