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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.

Director:

Albert C. Gannaway

Writers:

Samuel Roeca (as Sam Roeca), Tom Hubbard (as Thomas G. Hubbard)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jim Davis ... Capt. Angus Clyde McKane
Arleen Whelan ... Julie Johnson
Faron Young ... Marshal Faron Young
Marty Robbins ... Cpl. Timothy Boyle
Lee Van Cleef ... Sgt. Damon Pardee
Louis Jean Heydt ... Judge Ward Young
Harry Lauter ... Lt. Scott Johnson
Douglas Fowley ... Sheriff
Lawrence Dobkin ... Don Miguel Sebastian (as Larry Dobkin)
Bill Coontz ... Turk
Don Diamond ... Pepe
Rick Vallin ... Burt (as Ric Vallon)
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard ... Emmet
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Storyline

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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Drama | History | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun and the Gavel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Although set in the years just after the Mexican War (1846-47) the US Army soldiers wore uniforms and equipment that weren't standard-issue until late in the Civil War (1861-65)--repeating rifles, breech-loading six-shooters, etc. The Mexican soldiers, however, appear to have the correct uniforms and equipment for the period. 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 FightingWesternerSee 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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