American Empire

American Empire

Director: William McGann Cast: Richard Dix, Leo Carrillo, Preston S. Foster

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Originally slated for release through Paramount Pictures but ultimately distributed by United Artists, American Empire is a western "special" from Hopalong Cassidy producer Harry "Pop" Sherman. Set during the Reconstruction period, the film stars Richard Dix and Preston S. Foster as Dan Taylor and Paxton Bryce, two longtime friends seeking their fortune in postwar Texas. With the considerable assistance of Dan's sister and Paxton's wife Abby (Frances Gifford), the two comrades establish a thriving cattle business. Alas, Paxton is seized with the ambition to become a emperor in his own domain, thereby alienating himself from Dan and Abby. Only through a profound personal tragedy does Paxton come back to his senses. Ironically, critics in 1942 suggested that the Mexican accent adopted by supporting player Leo Carrillo was more than a little reminiscent of "The Cisco Kid" -- and this was still several years before Carrillo was established as Pancho in the "Cisco" "B"-film and TV series!

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2019
UPC: 0191091430989
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Film Detective
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 29,707

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dix Dan Taylor
Leo Carrillo Dominique Bouchard
Preston S. Foster Paxton Bryce
Frances Gifford Abby Taylor
Robert H. Barrat Crowder
Jack LaRue Pierre
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Sailaway
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Runty
Merrill Rodin Paxton Bryce, Jr.
Chris-Pin Martin Augustin
Richard Webb Crane
William Farnum Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel Willa May
Hal Taliaferro Malone
Wally Wales Actor
Tom London Actor

Technical Credits
William McGann Director
Gladys Atwater Screenwriter
Ralph Berger Art Director
Robert J. Bren Screenwriter
J. Robert Bren Screenwriter
Gerard Carbonara Score Composer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Ben G. Kohn Screenwriter
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Carroll Lewis Editor
Earl Moser Costumes/Costume Designer
Sherman A. Rose Editor
Harry Sherman Producer
Irvin Talbot Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Empire
0. Chapters
0. Chapter 4
0. Chapter 5
0. Chapter 6
0. Chapter 12
0. Chapter 13

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