The Girl of the Golden West with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. In the days of the California gold rush, "Gringo" is a boy who has been raised first by Indians and then by Mexican bandits. Mary is an orphan who has come West with her uncle. Gringo becomes a famous bandito in his own right, changing his name to Ramerez (and now played by Nelson Eddy). Mary's uncle builds a saloon, which she (now Jeanette MacDonald) inherits and continues to run. Mary is courted by the sheriff (Walter Pidgeon) and the blacksmith (Buddy Ebsen), but of course eventually falls for the bandit. The padre is played by H.B. Warner, who was Mr. Gower in It's a Wonderful Life.