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California (1947)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 21 February 1947 (USA)
Epic account of how California became a state, featuring a wagon train, the Gold Rush, a wicked saloon queen, and an evil profiteer.

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"Wicked" Lily Bishop joins a wagon train to California, led by Michael Fabian and Johnnny Trumbo, but news of the Gold Rush scatters the train. When Johnny and Michael finally arrive, Lily is rich from her saloon and storekeeper (former slaver) Pharaoh Coffin is bleeding the miners dry. But worse troubles are ahead: California is inching toward statehood, and certain people want to make it their private empire. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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No town would have her! No man could tame her! See more »

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Romance | Western

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Trivia

In Feb. 1958, a reissue of this film was in wide release by Paramount on a double bill with another western, Desert Fury (1947). See more »

Goofs

A number of the pistols used by characters appear to be cartridge revolvers, rather than cap-and-ball. See more »

Quotes

Pokey: I thought this was God's country.
Mr. Pike: Not no more it ain't!
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Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

THE GOLD RUSH
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Sung by chorus behind montage of gold discovery
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A real masterpiece in camera work
18 February 1999 | by (Alcalá de Henares, Spain) – See all my reviews

In this movie John Farrow shows the great director he was. The camera work is exceptional, with scenes lasting more than 4 minutes filmed in just one take!. Although there are several of this scenes in the movie, there are other aspects to comment also. The actor's direction is superb, obtaining the most of all of them, in particular the performance of George Colouris (the villain) is outstanding. Moreover, this is not the typical western; the plot shifts unexpectedly from the line one assumes it will follow, to a very different one, and the movie maintains its coherence perfectly. A real gem.


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