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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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Although called "Raiders of Old California", it was set in the Texas/New Mexico area. See more »

Quotes

Don Miguel Sebastian: No my child. The land belongs to the people who live on it. And with your help, this time we will make it legal.
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Connections

Edited into Six Gun Theater (2015) See more »

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Subpar western
27 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jim Davis is star and protagonist of Raiders Of Old California, a western from the last days of Republic Pictures. Davis is an army captain who uses the Mexican War and the uniform to steal himself a Spanish land grant from the previous owner Lawrence Dobkin who after a murder attempt by Davis henchman Lee Van Cleef on his life, retires and becomes a friar.

It's been previously pointed out the disparity in times for a film set in the post Mexican War years, with Davis, Van Cleef etc. wearing Civil War era uniforms and carrying even later weaponry. Herbert J. Yates was not much for authenticity and research.

Faron Young and Marty Robbins from the Grand Ole Opry are a good guy and a bad guy in this film. It was getting a little too late for country and western stars to become western stars on the big screen. Their time to become another Gene Autry had passed.

Those who are thespians do a good job with their roles. But Raiders Of Old California is a subpar 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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