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The Gold Rush 



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Episode credited cast:
Chris Bauer ... Hiram Pierce
Michael Murphy ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Frank Pando ... Vicente Perez Rosales
Amy Ryan ... Luzena Wilson
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Alfred Doten
Callie Thorne ... Sara Pierce
Carlos Alberto Valencia Carlos Alberto Valencia ... Antonio Franco Coronel


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PBS [United States]



Release Date:

6 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

KQED, WGBH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Good but a bit overlong.
7 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode is about the California gold rush--a time beginning around 1848 when tons of folks from all over the world converged on the San Francisco/Sacramento area in search of easy wealth in the gold country. The only problem is that most who got rich did so at the very beginning--long before most of the prospectors arrived. The film is chock full of stories of various individuals--most of which went bust during this crazy time.

As you would expect, this is a very good episode of PBS's "The American Experience"--and it's well worth seeing. I have only one reservation--it's a bit overlong. I think the topic could have been covered as well in an hour or and hour and a half. Now I am not complaining--it's just that the material seemed stretched a bit thin and the pacing isn't quite as good as you might expect. Still, it's well done.

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