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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Complete credited cast:
George Coulouris ...
Mr. Pike
Don Luís Rivera y Hernandez
Gavin Muir ...
Booth Pennock
James Burke ...
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Roman Bohnen ...
Col. Stuart
Sen. Creel
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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The Fabulous, Fantastic West! WHERE A MAN'S PLEASURE COSTS HIM HIS GOLD TREASURE! (original print media ad - many caps) See more »


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Release Date:

21 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kalifornia  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


Pokey: I thought this was God's country.
Mr. Pike: Not no more it ain't!
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Featured in Something to Talk About (1995) See more »


Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Sung by chorus behind montage of gold discovery
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super production, but average western
11 December 2011 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The beginning of this film a glorification of California through music and some beautiful views in color. From then on it is a routine big budget western where only Barbara Stanwyck stands out as a woman with a strong character that uses her power of seduction. Ray Milland as Trumbo, a man who deserted (for noble reasons) is the hero and Barry Fitzgerald is Fabian, a good hearted man that becomes a politician to help Trumbo. Anthony Quinn has a very small role as Don Luis Rivera y Hernandez. The action scenes are very good, but they are not enough to prevent this western from being average. You can find the same director John Farrow and Ray Milland in a much better western, Copper Canyon (1950).

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