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American Empire (1942)

Passed  -  Western  -  11 December 1942 (USA)
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Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, and battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Dan Taylor
Leo Carrillo ...
Dominique Beauchard
Preston Foster ...
Paxton Bryce
Frances Gifford ...
Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
Robert Barrat ...
Crowder (as Robert H. Barrat)
Jack La Rue ...
Pierre- Beauchard Henchman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Sailaway (as Guinn Williams)
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Runty
Merrill Rodin ...
Paxton Bryce Jr. (as Merrill Guy Rodin)
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Augustin- Beauchard Henchman (as Chris Pin Martin)
Richard Webb ...
Crane
William Farnum ...
Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel ...
Willa May
Hal Taliaferro ...
Malone
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Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, and battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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The nation-blazing epic of America's westward march! See more »

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Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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11 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Muralha de Fogo  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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Originally made by Paramount but sold to United Artists for release. See more »

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Paxton Bryce: At least we had some excitement when we owned the old Hattie T.
Dan Taylor: Wasn't it your idea to swap her for this?
Paxton Bryce: Yeah, but the whole set-up has changed! There was a war on - a man could make some real money. Or don't you remember?
Dan Taylor: Oh, I remember all right. I remember getting a broadside from a Union gunboat amidships and taking splinters from my, um, hide for two weeks.
Paxton Bryce: You got a hundred dollars for each splinter.
Dan Taylor: That's right - in Confederate money!
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Written by Lew Pollack
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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Cowboys Versus Cajuns
22 March 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

An encounter with Frenchman Leo Carillo gives riverboat operators Richard Dix and Preston Foster the idea to start a ranch by buying property already inhabited by wild cattle, that had multiplied on the un-worked land during the Civil War. Things go well for awhile, until Carillo shows up to take what he believes is owed him, leading to misunderstandings with the neighbors that leave Foster acting more and more tyrannical.

I'll give the filmmakers credit for managing to squeeze an epic tale into eighty-one minutes and nine seconds, on a low budget, but the ambitious, episodic script is just too loose for it's own good. The producers should have spent some extra money to develop it more.

Still, it's an entertaining enough time-filler, thanks to the colorful performance by Carillo, better known for his role on TV's "The Cisco Kid" and a spectacular, action-filled final act.

Foster's pretty good at playing bitter SOB's and Dix is a likable actor, as is Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, who plays an ex-whaler/cowboy. They're worth watching too.


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