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American Empire (1942)

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


(as William McGann)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Dan Taylor
Dominique Beauchard
Paxton Bryce
Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
Crowder (as Robert H. Barrat)
Pierre- Beauchard Henchman
Sailaway (as Guinn Williams)
Merrill Rodin ...
Paxton Bryce Jr. (as Merrill Guy Rodin)
Augustin- Beauchard Henchman (as Chris Pin Martin)
Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel ...
Willa May


Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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THE THRILLING SAGA OF THE WINNING OF THE WEST! (original print ad-all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

11 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Muralha de Fogo  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


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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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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