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Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (1936)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Trenker ... Johann August Sutter
Viktoria von Ballasko ... Anna, seine Frau
Werner Kunig Werner Kunig ... Rudolf - beider Sohn
Karli Zwingmann Karli Zwingmann ... Emil - beider Sohn
Elise Aulinger Elise Aulinger ... Frau Dübol - Annas Mutter
Bernhard Minetti Bernhard Minetti ... Der Fremde
Hans Zesch-Ballot Hans Zesch-Ballot ... Gouverneur Alvaredo
Marcella Albani ... Seine Frau
Walter Franck Walter Franck ... Castro - sein Adjutant
Reinhold Pasch Reinhold Pasch ... Marshall (as Reginald Pasch)
August Eichhorn August Eichhorn ... Harper
Luis Gerold Luis Gerold ... Ermatinger
Paul Verhoeven ... Barmixer Billy
Melanie Horeschowsky Melanie Horeschowsky ... Amalie - Sutters Schwester (as Melanie Horeschovsky)
Berta Drews Berta Drews ... Chansonette


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Plot Keywords:

california | gold | See All (2) »




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Release Date:

7 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Emperor of California See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Suter walks over to the stake after smoking the calumet with the Indians there is a only slightly modified swastika on one Indian tent. The film was produced in Germany in 1936. See more »


As Suter and his two companions have to walk through the plains after their horses are stolen, a car crosses in the background. (At about 20:40) See more »


Referenced in King of California (2007) See more »

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27 June 2010 | by mcb170See all my reviews

In his time this movie is outstanding. One can see many features of a Wild West movie becoming standard after this one.

Naturally this movie reflects also in which environment it was made. But if we would have to discuss ideology of this time we would have to add also the exceptional relationship of whites with natives! In the USA of this time there would have been problems to show this kind of movie! Luis Trenker himself had many problems with the Nazi regime. To try to interpret a fascistic overlay seems crude to me. The filmmaker, Southern Tyrol was officially Italian since 1919, had to take part in the national film industry too, as in the beginning of every good director of his time and today.

The movie should be seen as a outer view of the the possibilities and risks of living The American Dream! For me, anything less than 10 out of 10 is not enough for this masterpiece of 1936.

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