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American Empire Details


Originally slated for release through Paramount Pictures but ultimately distributed by United Artists, American Empire is a western "special" from 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! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Leo Carrillo
as Dominique Bouchard
Frances Gifford
as Abby Taylor
Jack LaRue
as Pierre
Cliff Edwards
as Runty
Merrill Rodin
as Paxton Bryce, Jr.
Chris-Pin Martin
as Augustin
Richard Webb
as Crane
William Farnum
as Louisiana Judge
Etta McDaniel
as Willa May
Hal Taliaferro
as Malone
Richard Dix
as Dan Taylor
Tom London
Wally Wales
Richard Dix
as Dan Taylor


William McGann
Harry Sherman
Gladys Atwater
Russell Harlan
Gerard Carbonara
Composer (Music Score)
Irvin Talbot
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Berger
Art Director
Emile Kuri
Set Designer