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Helldorado (1935)

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74 min | Drama

Arthur T. Ryan, a hitchhiker, gets a ride from haughty, society girl Glenda Wynant and her fiance, wealthy J. F. Van Avery after he helps them to replace the top of their convertible when it begins to rain. As they approach a bridge, Art ...See moreArthur T. Ryan, a hitchhiker, gets a ride from haughty, society girl Glenda Wynant and her fiance, wealthy J. F. Van Avery after he helps them to replace the top of their convertible when it begins to rain. As they approach a bridge, Art notices a few stalled cars, and when the storm worsens, the bridge washes away, leaving Art, Glenda, Van and several others stranded in a canyon. Art, Glenda and a black father and son decide to climb out and go to nearby ghost town, Helldorado, a relic of the California gold rush, while Van and the others take shelter in an old mine shaft. In Helldorado, the group seem to be alone, and Art finds a gold pan which bears the words "First Gold in Helldorado washed in this pan by John P. Ryan," who was Art's grandfather. Art and Glenda meet Abner Meadows, an old man who talks to ghosts and who believes that Art and Glenda are John Ryan and his wife, Molly, both of whom are dead. Abner reveals to Art and Glenda, who decide to "play" the phantom married couple, that many years earlier, he and John discovered a valuable gold mine, the location of which Abner is unable to recall. The rest of the stranded group arrive, and Glenda worries about Van's reaction to her playing Art's wife. When Art finds the mine, he offers to give everyone present a share and also discovers a way out of Helldorado. After climbing out of Helldorado, Art, Glenda and Van go to a hotel in nearby Digby. Art announces his discovery to the proprietor, and reporters arrive assuming that Art is partners with the rich and renowned Van. Art begins making grand plans to turn Helldorado into a major industrial center when a call comes in from the assay office informing him that his mine contains only fool's gold. The news of gold has spread like wildfire nonetheless, and a crowd of shovel-bearing men gathers in Helldorado demanding to know the mine's whereabouts. Art is frantic, but Glenda arrives and gives him a document that turns out to be Abner's original deed stating the true location of the mine. Art shows the crowd the area where the mine was discovered, being careful to protect Abner's claim. Glenda informs him that she won't return to Van, and the two embrace. See less
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Jan 5, 1935 (United States)

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43 cast members
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Richard Arlen
Art Ryan Art Ryan   See fewer
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Madge Evans
Glenda Wynant Glenda Wynant   See fewer
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Ralph Bellamy
J.F. Van Avery J.F. Van Avery   See fewer
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James Gleason
Sam Barnes Sam Barnes   See fewer
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Helen Jerome Eddy
Miss Fife Miss Fife   See fewer
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Henry B. Walthall
Abner Meadows Abner Meadows   See fewer
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Berton Churchill
'Clarion' Editor 'Clarion' Editor   See fewer
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Stepin Fetchit
Ulysses Ulysses   See fewer
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Stanley Fields
Truck Driver Truck Driver   See fewer
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James Barton
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited) Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Man in Car (uncredited) Man in Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wade Boteler
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited) Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Bradbury Jr.
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited) Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Brennan
Pete, the Waiter (uncredited) Pete, the Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alma Chester
Clarion' Editors Wife (uncredited) Clarion' Editors Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gordon De Main
Assayer (uncredited) Assayer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edgar Dearing
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited) Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Depp
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Lester Dorr
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited) Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Downing
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Dick Elliott
Mayor (uncredited) Mayor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lillian Elliott
Elsie's Mother (uncredited) Elsie's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patricia Farr
Flo (uncredited) Flo (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Farrington
Mayor's Wife (uncredited) Mayor's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Flint
Hale (uncredited) Hale (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harrison Greene
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Creighton Hale
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited) Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Herbert
Hot Dog Stand Proprietor (uncredited) Hot Dog Stand Proprietor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Holmes
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Philip Hurlic
Sam Ed (uncredited) Sam Ed (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lew Kelly
Printer (uncredited) Printer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph McCullough
Hotel Clerk (uncredited) Hotel Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Moran
Man in Car (uncredited) Man in Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mower
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Ned Norton
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Edward Pawley
Miner (uncredited) Miner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Phelps
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Gus Reed
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Gay Seabrook
Elsie (uncredited) Elsie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sellon
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Gertrude Short
Mae (uncredited) Mae (uncredited)   See fewer
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Monte Vandergrift
Miner (uncredited) Miner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lucille Ward
Cook (uncredited) Cook (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 12 votes