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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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Col. Stuart
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Wagon Woman


"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 <>

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


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

21 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kalifornia  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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


Whitey: There's sure lot of building going on around here.
Pokey: A church, new houses, a school... I tell ya what, it's getting so civilized they'll soon tell you where to spit.
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Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) See more »


Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Sung by chorus behind credits
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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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