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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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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)
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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 nation-blazing epic of America's westward march! 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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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger & Harry Sherman films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 20 May 1950. 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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Little Pal
by Lew Pollack
Sung by Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
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"Everymen"
20 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the old time basic Western, and one interesting aspect about it is how it is one of the "models" for most later TV series.

Perhaps the best way to illustrate this is by the star billing. Dix and Carillo are top billed, yet it is obvious from the start that Preston Foster and Frances Gifford are the lead romantic interests.

Romantic leads were not always the standard. Top billing in "THEM!" went to the chief characters of Gwynn and Whitmore as the eccentric show stealing scientist and the policeman who was followed throughout the story. In "THE RAVEN" the two young romantic lovers play second fiddle to three with star billing in Karloff, Price, and Lorre.

So it's not new. What is important is that the character played by Dix is the one who is the strong, solid, stable influence. This is the character who would be the mainstay of just about every TV Western series to follow, and most other TV shows. He was Cheyenne, Bronco, Matt Dillon, Ben and Adam Cartwright.

Foster was the mistake prone fellow who lacked the solid fundamentals. He learns some bitter lessons the hard way. Unfortunately, as in real life, it is other people who pay for them. In this case, his first born son does.

The villainy of the Mexicans is on the racist side. One interesting bit is that when the two good guys meet up with the villain Carillo, it is their own man who is at fault for the troubles, but they are men of experience and savvy, and recognize Carillo for what he is.

Frances makes a very nice entrance, and she is very stunning. She appeals to both the male libido and the female intellect.

Dix, though seemingly shadowed in the background, is no more shadowed than Bronco or Ben Cartwright were in their endeavors. They were the main character, because they were not just one man, but representative of a lot of men who would try to make things work. They weren't "Everyman". They were "Everymen".


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