American Empire (December 11, 1942)

Preston Foster, Leo Carrillo
 

Released on December 11, 1942: (running time 1 hour and 21 minutes) Two men are determined to build the largest cattle empire in Texas, but a Louisiana bandit has other ideas.

Produced by Harry Sherman

Directed by William C. McGann

The Actors: Richard Dix (Dan Taylor), Leo Carrillo (Dominique Beauchard), Preston Foster (Paxton Brice), Frances Gifford (Abigail 'Abby' Taylor), Robert Barrat (Crowder), Jack La Rue (Pierre, Beauchard henchman), Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams (Sailaway), Cliff Edwards (Runty), Merrill Rodin (Paxton Bryce Jr.), Chris-Pin Martin (Augustin, Beauchard henchman), Richard Webb (Crane), William Farnum (Louisiana Judge), Etta McDaniel (Willa May), Hal Taliaferro (Malone), Ben Corbett (rider), Dick Dickinson (rider), James Ferrara (rider), Sam Flint (doctor), Homer Holcomb (rider), Charles Judels (storekeeper), Tom London (rider with Crowder's posse), Frank McCarroll (Crowder rider), Frank Mills (riverboat crewman), Nestor Paiva (defense attorney), Jack Rockwell (ranch hand), Jack Shannon (rider), Jimmy Shannon (rider), Earl Spainard (rider), Bob Woodward (rider)

 

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The Texas Tycoons and the Louisiana Bandit

Spanish author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo wrote a romantic novel in the year 1510 that featured an island inhabited by warriors using tools and weapons made of pure gold. The name of that mythical place was called “California.” In the early 1700’s, while immigrants from England, France and Switzerland were coming to the new world to settle along the Atlantic Ocean, José Raimundo Carrillo left Spain to explore the west coast, settling in what is now San Diego, California.

Today in busy downtown San Diego, California you can drive across one of the world’s most distinctive bridges to Coronado Island and discover a luxurious island beach resort hosting the famous Hotel del Coronado.

One of José Carrillo’s sons was Governor of Alta California, and another was a three-time mayor of Los Angeles and married to a sister of Governor Pio Pico. His great-grandson was actor Leo Carrillo, the bandit in this adventure. Leo’s father was the first police chief in Santa Monica, and then became the first mayor of Santa Monica.

In 1913 young actor Leo Carrillo married an actress named Edith Shakespeare Haeselbarth, and the Governor of California gave the newlyweds the deed to Coronado Island as a wedding gift. Twenty-three years later they sold the island for $1,000. Leo Carrillo would later remark with a smile, “I think the family let it go too soon.”

As our adventure opens, Leo Carrillo is a Louisiana man who crosses the river into Texas, gathering stray cattle, selling them in Louisiana. Two men running a riverboat get involved transporting the cattle across the river, and in a bit of a scuffle, the two riverboat men take the cattle, leaving Leo Carrillo’s character waist deep in the river with no cattle and no way to get his cattle back. Of course, Leo Carrillo’s character vows revenge on the riverboat men. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Cliff Edwards, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Cliff Edwards, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Cliff Edwards, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Cliff Edwards, Frances Gifford, Richard Dix
Cliff Edwards, Frances Gifford, Richard Dix
Cliff Edwards, Guinn Williams
Cliff Edwards, Guinn Williams
Etta McDaniel
Etta McDaniel
Frances Gifford
Frances Gifford
Frances Gifford, Merrill Rodin, Preston Foster
Frances Gifford, Merrill Rodin, Preston Foster
Frances Gifford
Frances Gifford
Frances Gifford
Frances Gifford
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Guin Williams, Chris-Pin Martin
Guin Williams, Chris-Pin Martin
Leo Carrillo
Leo Carrillo
Leo Carrillo
Leo Carrillo
Merrill Rodin
Merrill Rodin
Nestor Paiva, Leo Carrillo
Nestor Paiva, Leo Carrillo
Preston Foster
Preston Foster
Preston Foster, Frances Gifford, Richard Dix
Preston Foster, Frances Gifford, Richard Dix
Preston Foster, Frances Gifford
Preston Foster, Frances Gifford
Preston Foster, Leo Carrillo, Richard Dix
Preston Foster, Leo Carrillo, Richard Dix
Preston Foster, Richard Dix
Preston Foster, Richard Dix
Frances Gifford, Preston Foster
Frances Gifford, Preston Foster
Preston Foster
Preston Foster
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
Richard Dix
William Farnum
William Farnum