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American Empire (1942)

Passed | | Western | 11 December 1942 (USA)
Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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(as William McGann)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dan Taylor
... Dominique Beauchard
... Paxton Bryce
... Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
... Crowder (as Robert H. Barrat)
... Pierre- Beauchard Henchman
... Sailaway (as Guinn Williams)
... Runty
Merrill Rodin ... Paxton Bryce Jr. (as Merrill Guy Rodin)
... Augustin- Beauchard Henchman (as Chris Pin Martin)
... Crane
... Louisiana Judge
... Willa May
... Malone
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Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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The Nation-Blazing Epic of America's Westward March! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Muralha de Fogo  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger & Harry Sherman films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 20 May 1950. See more »

Quotes

Paxton Bryce: At least we had some excitement when we owned the old Hattie T.
Dan Taylor: Wasn't it your idea to swap her for this?
Paxton Bryce: Yeah, but the whole set-up has changed! There was a war on - a man could make some real money. Or don't you remember?
Dan Taylor: Oh, I remember all right. I remember getting a broadside from a Union gunboat amidships and taking splinters from my, um, hide for two weeks.
Paxton Bryce: You got a hundred dollars for each splinter.
Dan Taylor: That's right - in Confederate money!
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Soundtracks

Little Pal
by Lew Pollack
Sung by Cliff Edwards (uncredited)
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Empire On the Sabine
27 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm sure that the folks on the Texas/Louisiana border must have had a a good laugh or two when Paramount's B picture unit inflicted this one on the war time public. Very simply the area along the Sabine River where the film opens is cotton country just like the rest of the Deep South or at least the Deep South was post Civl War. No big cattle empires there, they're much farther west in Texas, farther than Richard Dix and Preston Foster could ride to set up their empire.

The film begins with the two of them partners in a riverboat and when Leo Carrillo tries a theft of their services by not paying them for hauling his cattle, they keep the cattle. And that's the beginning of the big Ponderosa like ranch they start.

Along the way Foster marries Dix's sister played by Frances Gifford and feuds with his much smaller neighbors. They also have some further run ins with Leo Carrillo.

Anyway, us easterners who like westerns usually don't bother with geographical trifles and it's still a good western from the production mill of Harry Sherman who produced all those Hopalong Cassidy westerns for Paramount. The climax is a blazing, and I mean that literally, gun battle that should have maybe been used on an A production.

But I wouldn't have any but western fans look at it.


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