Story of the gold strike on an immigrant's property that started the 1849 California Gold Rush.

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Johan (John) Sutter
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Pete Perkin
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Countess Elizabeth Bartoffski
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Anna Sutter
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Capt. Kettleson
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James Marshall
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Gen. Juan Bautista Alvarado
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John Sutter Jr.
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Ann Eliza Sutter
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Gen. Alexander Rotscheff
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General Fremont
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Juan Bautista Alvarado Jr.
Mitchell Lewis ...
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Story of the gold strike on an immigrant's property that started the 1849 California Gold Rush.

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1 March 1936 (USA)  »

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A Conquista do Ouro  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was reportedly Universal's biggest box office disaster of the era. It cost $2,000,000 in 1936 when the typical Universal production cost about $100,000. See more »

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Edited into Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939) See more »

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Pedestrian and Ponderous
14 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Before seeing this film and writing about it I did some research and saw that UFA cinema in Germany also made a film about Johan Sutter. They even did some location shooting in the USA. Imagine a Nazi western. Now that would have proved interesting.

Having seen Sutter's Gold the elephantine film that sank the Carl Laemmle regime at Universal Pictures I can now see the problem. Not that the film was anything like the real story of the California Gold Rush and how it destroyed Sutter's Empire, but the story is told in such a pedestrian and ponderous fashion you never really get involved in the character.

Sutter himself was not that sympathetic a figure either. He may have seen himself as the great patriarchal landowner, others saw him as a tyrant and something of a charlatan. I'm not sure Edward Arnold when playing Sutter knew what to make of him either. He did in fact die impoverished trying to get what he considered proper recompense for the land he cultivated.

Maybe someone will tell the story truer and better.


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