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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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No town would have her! No man could tame her! See more »

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Romance | Western

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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. Television broadcasts were delayed until 1960 in order to protect Paramount's 1958 theatrical re-release which was still in wide distribution through 1959; its earliest documented telecast took place in Phoenix Friday 11 March 1960 on KVAR (Channel 12). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. It was released on DVD 8 May 2007 as one of 4 titles in Universal's Classic Western Roundup Volume 2, and, since that time, cable TV viewers have been afforded the opportunity of seeing it looking just like new, in glorious Technicolor, on the Western Channel. 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 »

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Johnny Trumbo: No court would try you, Captain, because no one would hold that a black was a man. He was an animal which you beat and chained, and all he had to offer up against you was a prayer.
Pharaoh Coffin: Bilge, Mr. Trumbo, bilge. Most men love the chains they wear. They need a master the way they need their mothers. I've heard such talk from pulpits, "the meek shall inherit the earth." No, Mr. Trumbo, the earth belongs to the men who make the law, and the law belongs to the men who can lay it down.
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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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A real masterpiece in camera work
18 February 1999 | by (Alcalá de Henares, Spain) – See all my reviews

In this movie John Farrow shows the great director he was. The camera work is exceptional, with scenes lasting more than 4 minutes filmed in just one take!. Although there are several of this scenes in the movie, there are other aspects to comment also. The actor's direction is superb, obtaining the most of all of them, in particular the performance of George Colouris (the villain) is outstanding. Moreover, this is not the typical western; the plot shifts unexpectedly from the line one assumes it will follow, to a very different one, and the movie maintains its coherence perfectly. A real gem.


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