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California Conquest (1952)

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The period is the 1840's and California is part of Mexico. Many of the citizens wish to become part of the United States. Other countries are also interested and the Russians have ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Don Arturo Bordega
Julia Lawrence
Alfonso Bedoya ...
José Martínez
Helena de Gagarine
Eugene Iglesias ...
Ernesto Brios
Fredo Brios
Alexander Rotcheff
Tito Renaldo ...
Don Bernardo Mirana
Renzo Cesana ...
Fray Lindos
Baynes Barron ...
Rico Alaniz ...
Billy Wilkerson ...
Fernando (as William P. Wilkerson)
Edward Colmans ...
Juan Junipero
Alex Montoya ...


The period is the 1840's and California is part of Mexico. Many of the citizens wish to become part of the United States. Other countries are also interested and the Russians have established bases in the northern part of the territory. To further their hold they have stolen guns and Don Arturo Bordega, a leader of those wanting statehood, is out to recover them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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California's fight for freedom!


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Release Date:

4 July 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Californie en flammes  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Defeating the Dialogue Directors
8 May 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Cornel Wilde does a Mexican accent. He does a really bad Mexican accent with an often wooden delivery. For me that trumps every other aspect of this movie, which is supposed to be about California in the 1840s and jockeying between Mexico, the U.S. England and Russia to control it, but seems to be about Wilde getting into sword fights, breaking into peoples' hotel rooms to rob them and wooing Teresa Wright.

It even makes Teresa Wright seem like a bad actress. She had been nominated for two Oscars a decade earlier and had won one, and was a wonderful actress, but her delivery, which was just right when speaking with Gary Cooper or Joseph Cotten, well, here it makes her seem as if she thinks that Cornel Wilde is slightly deaf or stupid.

There are other aspects of this movie one might consider, I suppose, but I find it impossible to concentrate on them enough to offer them for your consideration. Let's simply note that this movie was decent enough to keep me watching to the end and that's why it's not an absolute bomb. But it's not worth your time to look at it.

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