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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.


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


J. Robert Bren (screenplay), Gladys Atwater (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Dan Taylor
Leo Carrillo ... Dominique Beauchard
Preston Foster ... Paxton Bryce
Frances Gifford ... Abigail 'Abby' Taylor
Robert Barrat ... Crowder (as Robert H. Barrat)
Jack La Rue ... Pierre- Beauchard Henchman
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sailaway (as Guinn Williams)
Cliff Edwards ... Runty
Merrill Rodin Merrill Rodin ... Paxton Bryce Jr. (as Merrill Guy Rodin)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Augustin- Beauchard Henchman (as Chris Pin Martin)
Richard Webb ... Crane
William Farnum ... Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel ... Willa May
Hal Taliaferro ... Malone


Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

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THE ACTION-BLAZING EPIC OF AMERICA'S MARCH WESTWARD! (original three-sheet poster-all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

11 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Muralha de Fogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild films originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 16 April 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Saturday 20 May 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Saturday 3 June 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Philadelphia Sunday 25 June 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Chicago Monday 26 June 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Atlanta Wednesday 5 July 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in Albuquerque Tuesday 18 July1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Detroit Sunday 17 September 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in San Francisco Saturday 14 October 1950 on KGO (Channel 7), in Pittsburgh Friday 1 December 1950 on WDTV (Channel 3), and in Boston Sunday 7 January 1951 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »


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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An Entertaining Western
18 December 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Good action and an interesting story make this Western good entertainment despite a few minor flaws. The characters aren't very deep, but they're interesting, and the pace moves along very nicely as it builds up the tension and leads up to a good and often exciting climactic sequence. Richard Dix helps a lot with a pretty good performance as the key character.

The story sets up a situation with a lot of possibilities. On the one hand is the hard-headed Bryce, head of the big cattle empire. Then there are the rest of the ranchers, whom Bryce has alienated and angered by his aggressive policies. Finally there is the wild card, the crafty rustler Beauchard, out only for himself. In the middle of all the conflicts is Dix's character Dan Taylor, trying to hold things together. As the story develops from there, Dix generally underplays to good effect (making a nice contrast with, for example, his better known but rather overblown performance in "Cimarron"), and lets the situation speak for itself when it should. Only some shallow characterizations and some ineffective comic relief hold it back a little at times. Otherwise, it gets pretty good mileage out of its potential, and has most of the things you could ask for in a Western.

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