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Western Gold (1937)

Approved | | Western | 27 August 1937 (USA)
A Westerner in the Union Army discovers that gold shipments from the West are being captured by Southerners.


Howard Bretherton


Earle Snell (screenplay), Forrest Barnes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Smith Ballew ... Bill Gibson
Heather Angel ... Jeannie Thatcher
LeRoy Mason ... Fred Foster
Howard Hickman ... Jim Thatcher
Ben Alexander ... Bart
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Abraham Lincoln
Otis Harlan ... Jake
Victor Potel ... Jasper
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Storekeeper Ezra
Al Bridge ... Holman (as Alan Bridge)
Tom London ... Clem


President Lincoln personally sends Bill Gibson west to see if he can stop the holdups of the needed shipments of gold. There he meets his boyhood friend Foster. When all others refuse to take out the next gold shipment due to the killings, Bill volunteers. Jeannie, afraid for his safety, tells Foster of Bill's secret route not knowing Foster is the leader of the outlaw gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

27 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confini in fiamme See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 6 December 1943 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television audiences got their first look at it in New York City Saturday 25 February 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
Written by Walter Kittredge
Sung by Smith Ballew and Union infantrymen
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"Tell Mr. Lincoln we'll keep the western gold moving"
17 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Western Gold is yet another of those westerns about the Civil War in the west and the struggle to get those precious metals back east to pay for said war against the Confederacy. Whether it's the Confederates or some greedy outlaws there's always somebody looking to rob the gold or the silver as the case may be.

This has even come to the attention of Abraham Lincoln and while he keeps mum about his plans to the Cabinet, Frank McGlyn who made a career of playing the Great Emancipator has an agent in mind. The son of an old friend from the Black Hawk War Smith Ballew goes on detached service in the west to put a stop to this thievery.

Ballew was a big band vocalist before turning singing cowboy. One thing about Western Gold was that it used actual music from the era instead of Hollywood western ballads with one exception. Ballew also woos and wins Heather Angel who only two years earlier was being directed by John Ford in The Informer.

Nothing terribly special in this Sol Lesser Production that was released by 20th Century Fox. put

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