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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

Johnny Trumbo: I'm sorry, Gramps, it looks like I'll be holding you back.
Michael Fabian: I'm in no hurry. The earth and the sun and the sky will still be there when we get there, Johnny.
Johnny Trumbo: Yeah, but not the gold, Gramps, not the gold.
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CALIFORNIA
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Sung by chorus behind credits
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A HUGE wagon train of farmers and misfits are heading for California when gold is discovered there. Greed brings in all types, and also brings out the worst in some.
16 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Definitely NOT a great movie, but very enjoyable, especially if one is a Stanwyck fan. Cinematography bounced back and forth from lush, to "quick, get it done" shots.

Ray Milland did not quite cut it as the hardened trail boss and buffalo hunter. But maybe that's because his character really is not-he deserted from the army for getting involved with a married woman. Stanwyck shines as the self-reliant lady gambler and flirt who has been tossed around her whole life, with a few exceptions.

Yes the movie is rather corny, but let's face it the movie industry was right in the middle of the Macarthy era and needed safe material to work with. It DID give a rather honest perspective of how many lost sight of what they really had set out for, and how others took advantage, at any cost.


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