The Golden Fleecing

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  • 1940
  • 1 hr 8 min
  • 6.1  (240)

The Golden Fleecing is a classic comedy movie from 1940 that follows the story of two con artists, Johnny McEvoy and his partner, Acey Corey, as they plan to swindle a wealthy businessman named Mr. August, played by Lloyd Nolan. The movie starts with Johnny and Acey arriving at a small town in Pennsylvania, where they pretend to be experts in oil drilling. Their plan is to convince the town's people to invest in a non-existent oil well, and then flee with the money. However, their scheme doesn't go as planned, and they end up in jail.

While in prison, Johnny happens to meet Mr. August, who has been arrested for tax evasion. August is impressed with Johnny's wit and intelligence and offers him a job as his personal secretary once they are both released from jail. Johnny agrees, and he and Acey are soon living the high life in New York City. Meanwhile, August is facing a severe financial crisis, and he has taken out a large loan from the bank to keep his business afloat.

Johnny sees this as an opportunity to swindle his employer and comes up with an elaborate plan to steal August's money. He intends to persuade August to invest his money in a fake gold mine located in Mexico, which he and Acey will create. Johnny and Acey go to great lengths to make the mine look legitimate, including hiring actors to pretend to be workers at the mine.

As the plan unfolds, Johnny starts to feel guilty about stealing from August, who has become a good friend to him. Moreover, he begins to develop feelings for August's secretary, Linda. Rita Johnson stars as the lovely and talented Linda Craig, August's secretary.

Soon, Johnny and Acey discover that August has been tipped off about their scheme, and they make a run for it. They flee to the Mexican town where they have pretended there is a gold mine, only to find themselves pursued by August, Linda, and the police.

What follows is a series of comedic chases and close escapes as Johnny and Acey try to evade their pursuers and keep their scheme intact. During all of this, Johnny must confront his own conscience and weigh his friendship with August against his own greed.

The Golden Fleecing is an enjoyable, upbeat movie with an engaging plot, well-written characters, and witty dialogue. Lew Ayres and Lloyd Nolan deliver excellent performances, and the chemistry between the two is highly engaging. Meanwhile, Rita Johnson shines as the voice of reason in a movie full of deceit and trickery.

The plot moves at a steady pace, and there are plenty of comedic moments to keep the audience entertained. The movie's climax is especially thrilling, as Johnny and Acey find themselves cornered and must use all their wits to evade capture.

Overall, the Golden Fleecing is a timeless classic that delivers a winning combination of comedy, suspense, and romance. With its engaging plot, excellent performances, and clever script, it is a movie that is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

The Golden Fleecing is a 1940 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 8 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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    6.1  (240)