American Empire (1942)

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


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14 July 2019 | boblipton
| That's Texan Empire!
Richard Dix and Preston Foster give up their Mississippi paddlewheeler to become co-owners of the largest ranch in Texas, with Dix's sister, Frances Gifford, marrying Foster. Pressures ensue. Foster wants to forbid other ranchers from crossing their immense territory, and won't grant rights for the railroad to cross their ranch, while Dix wants to leave room for the little guy. Meanwhile, Cajun Leo Carrillo raids their cattle to become the largest rancher in Louisiana.

There are some anachronisms in this movie, like entire herds being whitefaced Hereford; the breed was only being introduced into Texas when the latter portions of this movie take place. Nonetheless, it is an exciting movie, with three battle scenes. Rough humor is provided by 'Big Boy' Williams and Cliff Edwards as two of their crew who move from shipboard life to ranch life without much trouble. Edwards also sings a couple of songs.

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