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California (1947)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 21 February 1947 (USA)
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Epic account of how California became a state, featuring a wagon train, the Gold Rush, a wicked saloon queen, and an evil profiteer.

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John Farrow

Writers:

Frank Butler (screenplay), Theodore Strauss (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Jonathan Trumbo
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lily Bishop
Barry Fitzgerald ... Michael Fabian
George Coulouris ... Capt. Pharaoh Coffin
Albert Dekker ... Mr. Pike
Anthony Quinn ... Don Luís Rivera y Hernandez
Frank Faylen ... Whitey
Gavin Muir ... Booth Pennock
James Burke ... Pokey
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Padre
Roman Bohnen ... Col. Stuart
Argentina Brunetti ... Elvira
Howard Freeman ... Sen. Creel
Julia Faye ... Wagon Woman
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Storyline

"Wicked" Lily Bishop joins a wagon train to California, led by Michael Fabian and Johnnny Trumbo, but news of the Gold Rush scatters the train. When Johnny and Michael finally arrive, Lily is rich from her saloon and storekeeper (former slaver) Pharaoh Coffin is bleeding the miners dry. But worse troubles are ahead: California is inching toward statehood, and certain people want to make it their private empire. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Mighty drama of men who were titans...and a woman who was their match! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kalifornia See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of veteran actor/stuntman Bud Geary. See more »

Goofs

A number of the pistols used by characters appear to be cartridge revolvers, rather than cap-and-ball. See more »

Quotes

Booth Pennock: You know, Trumbo, if ever you grow up, you'll learn that a woman is like a poker game. What you take in one hand you drop in the next.
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Soundtracks

I SHOULD 'A STOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics E.Y. Harburg
Sung by cast and chorus
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A HUGE wagon train of farmers and misfits are heading for California when gold is discovered there. Greed brings in all types, and also brings out the worst in some.
16 September 2007 | by dianefhlbschSee all my reviews

Definitely NOT a great movie, but very enjoyable, especially if one is a Stanwyck fan. Cinematography bounced back and forth from lush, to "quick, get it done" shots.

Ray Milland did not quite cut it as the hardened trail boss and buffalo hunter. But maybe that's because his character really is not-he deserted from the army for getting involved with a married woman. Stanwyck shines as the self-reliant lady gambler and flirt who has been tossed around her whole life, with a few exceptions.

Yes the movie is rather corny, but let's face it the movie industry was right in the middle of the Macarthy era and needed safe material to work with. It DID give a rather honest perspective of how many lost sight of what they really had set out for, and how others took advantage, at any cost.


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