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American Empire (1942)

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

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(as William McGann)

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Dan Taylor
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Dominique Beauchard
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Paxton Bryce
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Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
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Crowder (as Robert H. Barrat)
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Pierre- Beauchard Henchman
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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
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Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel ...
Willa May
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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 spectacular romance of America's Greatest Adventure See more »

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11 December 1942 (USA)  »

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A Muralha de Fogo  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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Chris-Pin Martin (Gordito) and Leo Carrillo (Pancho) each played sidekicks to the Cisco Kid. See more »

Quotes

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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Little Pal
by Lew Pollack
Sung by Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
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An Entertaining Western
18 December 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Good action and an interesting story make this Western good entertainment despite a few minor flaws. The characters aren't very deep, but they're interesting, and the pace moves along very nicely as it builds up the tension and leads up to a good and often exciting climactic sequence. Richard Dix helps a lot with a pretty good performance as the key character.

The story sets up a situation with a lot of possibilities. On the one hand is the hard-headed Bryce, head of the big cattle empire. Then there are the rest of the ranchers, whom Bryce has alienated and angered by his aggressive policies. Finally there is the wild card, the crafty rustler Beauchard, out only for himself. In the middle of all the conflicts is Dix's character Dan Taylor, trying to hold things together. As the story develops from there, Dix generally underplays to good effect (making a nice contrast with, for example, his better known but rather overblown performance in "Cimarron"), and lets the situation speak for itself when it should. Only some shallow characterizations and some ineffective comic relief hold it back a little at times. Otherwise, it gets pretty good mileage out of its potential, and has most of the things you could ask for in a Western.


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