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California (1947)

Passed  -  Romance | Western  -  21 February 1947 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jonathan Trumbo
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Michael Fabian
George Coulouris ...
Capt. Pharaoh Coffin
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Mr. Pike
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Don Luís Rivera y Hernandez
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Whitey
Gavin Muir ...
Booth Pennock
James Burke ...
Pokey
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Padre
Roman Bohnen ...
Col. Stuart
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Elvira
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Sen. Creel
Julia Faye ...
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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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The Fabulous, Fantastic West! WHERE A MAN'S PLEASURE COSTS HIM HIS GOLD TREASURE! (original print media ad - many caps) See more »

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Romance | Western

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21 February 1947 (USA)  »

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California  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Final film of veteran actor/stuntman Bud Geary. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lily Bishop: He was a gambler. He played the Mississippi boats. He always used to say, 'It's your cheat who's most afraid of being cheated.' You better stay on your horse after this, Trumbo. It makes you look more important than you really are. Another thing my father told me: 'Always leave a man burying money.'
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Referenced in Something to Talk About (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

SAID I TO MY HEART, SAID I
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Barbara Stanwyck (dubbed by Kay St.Germaine)
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Handsome Production Values, Disappointing Results
25 July 2011 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Army deserter Ray Milland leads a wagon train, including woman-of-easy-virtue Barbara Stanwyck, on its way to California, only to find the gold rush in full effect and the territory overrun by scoundrels, like megalomaniac slave-ship captain Barry Fitzgerald.

The excellent photography, with equally excellent use of Technicolor, good direction by John Farrow, and Milland's brooding can't quite overcome the overly talky script, the datedness of the songs, and the fact that Stanwyck's character is quite unappealing most of the time.

However, for those of us who grew up watching Ray Milland playing old curmudgeons in various B-movies of the sixties, seventies, and early eighties, it's interesting to see him in his prime, playing a rugged leading man.


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