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War of the Wildcats

4.4 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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An oilman and a cowboy become boom-town rivals for a schoolmarm and Oklahoma oil.

Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Martha Scott, Albert Dekker, George Gabby Hayes, Dale Evans
  • Directors: Albert S. Rogell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BGARG50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert J. Delaney on November 20, 2003
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This a John Wayne film like no other. Take it from a huge fan that's seen most of his movies. Although this is not classified as a comedy, the Duke's turns in a sly performance full of great one-liners and facial expressions that had me rolling. Its action adventure in the oil fields and it's very entertaining and fun. Wayne is Cowboy Dan Somers and he competes with oilman Jim Gardner for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the favors of schoolteacher Cathy Allen. It has a good supporting cast including George "Gabby" Hayes.
You will never see the Duke quite like this in any other role. If you're a fan of the Duke, this film is a must so track down a copy while you can. It was originally titled "In Old Oklahoma" and then reissued as "War of the Wildcats" If we cross our fingers, maybe this will be re-released on DVD as it deserves to be.
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This movie was a pleasant surprise. A great movie with all the elements of a Duke classic: fist fights, Indians, love affairs, drunken debacle and tom foolery. Duke is at his best with his one liners and Joe cool attitude. Wayne's character in the movie (Dan) has shades of Wayne's characters in "Red River" and "The Searchers" Dan is so intent on getting 10,000 gallons of oil to Oklahoma, that he'll do it at any price. He'll starve his men and forgo their dinners. It takes the reason of a woman, Cathy (Martha Scott) to help Dan to not only think of a means to an end, but others' well being as well.
I highly recommend this movie. Ranks right up there with my favorites, "Red River" "El Dorado" "The Comancheros" and "Hondo"
Simply a classic....
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Totally love the movie, John Wayne is one of my favorites. Very disappointed in quality of blu-ray transfer. Looks as if they transferred vhs or dvd copy to blu-ray without re-mastering, what's the point of this. Would rate 4 stars if blu-ray transfer was better.
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I enjoyed this movie, though I won't buy it for my collection. The cover photo here does not really represent the movie, as this is a war between two oil men. Good guy, bad guy fight over a little lady in distress. Conniving, under the table deals, lies, back stabbing, and a little pretty innocent love thrown in all make it a fun movie to watch. I certainly would have been at a loss for words if I had met John Wayne when he was this age! Swoon.
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If you're a Duke fan this will be very enjoyable. While it is a Western, it's not a particularly grim reaper shoot'em up. It has some very light moments that a much younger Wayne pulls off very well in a sort of western romantic vein.

While I thought I had seen every John Wayne movie multiple times, this one seemed to have slipped by me somehow. It's basically about a young beauty heading out on her own, meets a slightly villainous rich guy who's trying to take over the territory in Oklahoma's wildcatter oil rush days in the early 1900's. The oil baron, with his own private railroad is about sweep the young lady off her feet when a young, charming Wayne steps into the scene.

As things progress, the young, down on his luck, cowboy becomes not only a romantic rival for the young lady's attention, but also a challenge to the rich oil baron's quest to monopolize the oil fields.

Gabby Hayes is also a welcome face in these old westerns, and you might want to pay attention to a young Dale Evans (before her Roy Rodgers' days) doing a stage bit of entertaining as a dance hall girl.

Some good old action here with some nice train scenes, oil well gushers, a saloon fight, and even some shooting. If you like old-style westerns, this is a good watch.
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you know if the duke was still with us he would shoot the people who work at olive films for what they havent done to his film classics these blurays are nothing but old vhs copies with no extras at all its a shame that this crapy video company has the rights to the dukes films from the 1940s.
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Another great John Wayne movie. I wish Hollywood still knew how to make great movies. Even if they did though, Hollywood just doesn't have the same caliber of talent that it once had. I know there are a few exception to my last statement, but they are so very few. If you decide to watch this movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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John Wayne in another western classic movie war of the wildcats with an all star cast made in 1943 and in black and white i give a 4 star for lots of action George gabby Hayes is excellent in this movie.
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