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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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Mighty drama of men who were titans...and a woman who was their match! See more »

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Romance | Western

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(Western Electric Recording)

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

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

Quotes

Lily Bishop: You may think you're pretty high and mighty, Trumbo. But let me tell you this... if I live long enough, and I will, I'm going to pull you down off that fancy horse of yours and shove your face in the muck - so help me!
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Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) See more »

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LILY-I-LAY-DE-O
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Barbara Stanwyck (dubbed by Kay St.Germaine)
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Sad, sad film
28 March 2001 | by (Wichita, KS) – See all my reviews

This film tries so hard to be a sprawling epic, and it ends up just sprawling. The hero barely registers as a blip on the radar, Barbara Stanwyck turns in a bad impression of a heterosexual heroine, the villain is a cardboard stereotype, and Barry Fitzgerald's character is too saintly to be believable with this thankless script. This western even features a stand-in horse: a photo mounted on cardboard (in one of the first scenes). It never really gets much better than that.


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