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AMERICAN EMPIRE (1942)
Running Time: 01:20:37
MPAA Ratings: NR
Directed by : William C. McGann
Starring : Richard Dix.... Dan Taylor
Leo Carrillo.... Dominique Beauchard
Preston Foster.... Paxton Bryce
Frances Gifford.... Abby Taylor
Writing credits : J. Robert Bren (story)
Black & White
Ruggedly handsome and immensely gifted as a singer and actor, Preston Foster won himself the lead role in several Hollywood classics in the 30s and 40s. It was Fosters memorable role as Killer Mears in The Last Mile that catapulted him to fame and earned him key roles. American Empire was yet another classic, which helped, boost Fosters image and label him as a versatile actor capable of playing a wide variety of roles. Originally made by Paramount, American Empire was sold to United Artists for release and preserved on DVD by a2zcds.com.
THE PLOT : Restless, eager for adventure and harboring an insatiable desire for wealth, Paxton Bryce (Preston Foster) convinces his long-time friend and business partner Dan Taylor (Richard Dix) to give up their ferrying business and venture into cattle rearing. By a rare coincidence their path crosses with that of cattle thief Dominique Beauchard (Leo Carrillo) , who provides them (rather unwillingly) with a startup stock of cattle. The ranch grows in leaps and bounds, but not fast enough for Paxton. Paxtons greed and stubborn refusal to cooperate with his neighbors costs him his son, his wife Abbey (Frances Gifford) and his long time friend Dan. Will he ever learn lifes lessons?
EDITORIAL REVIEW : Well-known for his highly successful low-budget westerns including the "Hopalong Cassidy" series, Harry Pop Sherman recounts the emergence of cattle ranches in this offbeat western. This captivating saga of two boatmen-turned ranchers, who fought rustlers, the weather, their own ignorance about cattle-rearing and finally each other in an attempt to build a business empire, deals with human emotions, passion and greed as never before.
Set amidst Texas sprawling countryside, the narrative follows the fortunes of Dan Taylor and Paxton Bryce as they build up a cattle empire with a few heads of cattle they pinch from the unscrupulous Dominique Beauchard. While Dan and his sister Abby - who is also Paxtons wife - settle down to life of patient anticipation and hard work, the restless Paxton Bryce cannot wait to grow rich. Director William C. McGann handles Paxtons gradual metamorphosis into a hard hearted and greedy person insightfully and theres very little chance that anybody would miss the point the narrative makes.
This thrilling western has everything that it takes to draw audiences to movie houses - a fabulous plot, fast-paced action, great cast, memorable performances, humor and more! Witness this action packed cinematic adventure which recounts, fabulously, what greed can do to a man!