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Flowing Gold (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 24 August 1940 (USA)
In the American oilfields, a fugitive from justice's destiny is intertwined with the fortunes and the misfortunes of a small oil company that hires him as a roughneck.


Alfred E. Green


Rex Beach (suggested by a story by), Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... John Alexander / Johnny Blake
Frances Farmer ... Linda Chalmers
Pat O'Brien ... Ian 'Hap' O'Connor
Raymond Walburn ... Ellery Q. 'Wildcat' Chalmers
Cliff Edwards ... 'Hot Rocks' Harris
Tom Kennedy ... Petunia
Granville Bates ... Charles Hammond / Shylock
Jody Gilbert ... Tillie / Mrs. Harris
Edward Pawley ... Collins
Frank Mayo ... Mike Brannigan
William Marshall ... Joe
Sol Gorss Sol Gorss ... Luke
Virginia Sale ... Nurse
John Alexander ... Sheriff


Johnny Blake, dodging the law on a false murder charge, gets work in the oil fields. His boss and friend Hap O'Connor turns on him when Johnny and Hap's girlfriend Linda fall in love. An oil well fire becomes the catalyst for their relationships. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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TERRIFYING - Their Lust for Oil! THRILLING - Their Love for a Woman


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Release Date:

24 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ultimatum für Bohrturm L-9 See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 8 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Phoenix Wednesday 21 November 1956 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Friday 23 November 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in San Francisco Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Boston Friday 7 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Monday 17 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Portland OR Thursday 10 January 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12). See more »


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A routine plot about wildcat oilmen and a love triangle, all made palatable by the stars.
18 January 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Frances Farmer never looked lovelier in this adventure/drama about wildcat oilmen trying to beat the lease deadline and bring in an oil well. John Garfield once again is on the lam for a self-defense murder, hooking up with Pat O'Brien and Farmer's father (Raymond Walburn), and constantly apprehensive about the police looking to find him. You can guess what happens - a love triangle between Garfield and O'Brien for Farmer is inevitable. Some minimal comedy is provided by Walburn, Tom Kennedy, Cliff Edwards, and Edwards' fiancée, Jody Gilbert, but I greatly enjoyed some of the special effects, particularly the very exciting oil fire sequence near the end. At one point there's also a most impressive shot of a gusher coming in with the oil rushing towards the camera mounted on top of the derrick. I wondered how that was done without ruining the camera. Still, the stars make the movie worth looking into.

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