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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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Michael Fabian
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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
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Elvira
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Sen. Creel
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Wagon Woman
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Storyline

"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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21 February 1947 (USA)  »

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Kalifornia  »

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. 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: 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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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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shallow, primitive, formulaic and boring
12 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this 1947 production is so boring to watch with shallow screenplay, bad scenario, elementary directing and, bad acting. the irritating sound track has made this skin-deep film more like a musical. this film at first tried to portray and beatify the endless pioneering wagon trains from the east to the west combined with annoying choirs sound track praising how beautiful California is, then once the scene turned up in California, it suddenly changed into a greedy and ugly political feud of two parties, one for statehood staying with the union, one wanted to become independent and became an empire itself. those characters played by so many actors and actresses, none of them are likable. the shallow and predictable storyline also made the viewing such a painful experience. there's nothing to be praised about or brag about.


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