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Raiders of Old California (1957)

Approved | | Drama, History, Western | 1 November 1957 (USA)
At the end of the Mexican-American War, a crooked U.S. Cavalry Captain and his men force a captive Mexican officer to sign the deeds to his vast lands and large hacienda over to the Captain.



(as Sam Roeca), (as Thomas G. Hubbard)

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Cast overview:
Captain Angus Clyde McKane
Julie Johnson
Marshal Faron Young
Cpl. Timothy Boyle
Sgt. Damon Pardee
Judge Ward Young
Lt. Scott Johnson
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Don Miguel Sebastian (as Larry Dobkin)
Burt (as Ric Vallon)
Tom Hubbard ...


Following the Mexican-American War, a small group of discharged U. S. Cavalrymen, led by Angus McKane (Jim Davis), stays on in California after the war and, through treachery, seizes a Spanish land grant, thereby gaining control of a vast area of what became the states of Arizona and California. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They Plundered for Power Across a Fabulous Empire!


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Release Date:

1 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Six Guns and a Gavel  »

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Although called "Raiders of Old California", it was set in the Texas/New Mexico area. See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: Raiders of Old California (2015) See more »

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I guess the film makers just didn't care...
28 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As a history teacher, this sort of western irritates the life out of me. While it's supposed to be set just after the Mexican War (which ended in the late 1840s), nothing about the film looks right—nothing. The guns are all repeating cartridge pistols circa 1870s-1880s, the cavalry uniforms from the 1860s and the whole look of the film is just another late 1800s film. So why, then, did they bother setting the film in this much earlier era if they just didn't care what they slapped on the screen? I guess they just wanted to churn out anything—hoping the public just would watch it anyways.

The film involves a very common theme to westerns—the baddies who are trying to grab up all the land and force the good people off their own property. In this case, an evil American is trying to force Mexicans off their land now that it's become a US territory. Unfortunately, it's all very familiar, the acting is unspectacular (at best) and the production just looks cheap and slapped together. My feeling is that since there were at least 13923035440509 other westerns made during this era, why not try watching one of the others first? After all, it's most likely a lot more interesting and better produced than this cheapie. And, perhaps my score of 3 is a bit generous.

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