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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
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Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
Robert Barrat ...
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
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 spectacular romance of America's Greatest Adventure See more »

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Western

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Release Date:

11 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Muralha de Fogo  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally made by Paramount but sold to United Artists for release. See more »

Quotes

Dan Taylor: The war's over Pax. We can't start another one, just because you're restless.
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Little Pal
Written by Lew Pollack
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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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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