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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 ... See full summary »

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Captain Angus Clyde McKane
Arleen Whelan ...
Julie Johnson
Faron Young ...
Marshal Faron Young
Marty Robbins ...
Cpl. Timothy Boyle
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Sgt. Damon Pardee
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Judge Ward Young
Harry Lauter ...
Lt. Scott Johnson
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Lawrence Dobkin ...
Don Miguel Sebastian (as Larry Dobkin)
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Turk
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Pepe
Rick Vallin ...
Burt (as Ric Vallon)
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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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1 November 1957 (USA)  »

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Although set in the years just after the Mexican War (1846-47) the Army uniforms and equipment were Civil War vintage - repeating rifles, breech-loading six-shooters, etc. See more »

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Edited into Six Gun Theater (2015) See more »

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Country Stars And A Young Lee Van Cleef
15 November 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Former Cavalry officer Jim Davis and fellow heavies Lee Van Cleef and Marty Robbins take control of a huge parcel of land following the Mexican American War, pushing the Mexican peasant farmers off the property given them by it's former owner, a General in the Mexican Army.

Raiders Of Old California looks a bit cheap but it's so hard-boiled and action packed that the low-budget doesn't hurt it all that much, though I wish country stars Robbins and Faron Young could have strummed and sang a few tunes.

Speaking of Young, he's pretty good as Davis' nemesis, a justice seeking U.S. Marshall. If he had been fifteen years older he could have been an excellent Saturday matinée western star.

Lee Van Cleef too has a pretty meaty role as Davis' number one henchman. Here he's just as mean, cold, and cruel as he is in later performances. This is essential viewing for Van Cleef fans.


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