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American Empire (1942) DVD [Remastered Edition]
American Empire DVD
Actors: Robert H. Barrat, Leo Carrillo, Richard Dix, Cliff Edwards, William Farnum
Director: William McGann
Genres: Westerns
NR     2005     1hr 20min

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-tur...  more »


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Actors: Robert H. Barrat, Leo Carrillo, Richard Dix, Cliff Edwards, William Farnum
Director: William McGann
Genres: Westerns
Sub-Genres: Westerns
Studio: Tapeworm
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen - Full length
DVD Release Date: 05/23/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1942
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1942
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Collector's Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

From1942... Tale of a Texas Cattle Empire With Richard Dix
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 12/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"American Empire" from 1942 it's a great old Western, that has two buddies building a cattle empire during the Reconstruction period. Pretty soon they own what seems to be most of Texas. When one of them becomes ruthless in his ways, and doesn't care who gets hurt on his way to the top, they part ways. That is until a family tragedy makes him see the light, and together they fight off the bad guys. It's a Western lovers Western, complete with the music that makes it a fun view. It stars Richard Dix and Preston S Foster. It is Directed by William C. McGann. This is a good old black and white film. The buying info here(on the VHS edition) show it as being in color.(You may want to check with the sellers to see if it has been colorized)

This film is also available as part of the Great American Western Series on DVD put out by Platinum Disc. It is one of the 4 films on Volume 18 of the series, that include 3 other Westerns from 70's TV. "The Hanged Man" with Steve Forrest,and the other two are episodes from a Glenn Ford series from the early 70's called "Cade's County".

Saddle Up and Happy Trails To You....Laurie"
A Different Type Of Western
Deacon | America | 05/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I ordered American Empire I thought that it would be a standard western of good guys and bad guys shooting each other outside the saloon. To say that this film is not that is putting it lightly. Instead, it's a metaphor for man's inhumanity to man. Imagine "It's A Wonderful Life" if it had been told from the point of view of the Potter character. I liked seeing a movie that took the Western motif and tried to make a point with it rather than just giving us another shoot em up. Of coruse there is some shooting eventually, it's just not the entire point of the film the way it is with so many other westerns from this era. It represents a nice, interesting change for the better."
A Western Tragedy
Ejaz | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Who knew that they made westerns that were modeled after deep works of literature? This is certainly not your standard white hats versus black hats western. Instead it's almost like Tolstoy as the main character has one minor flaw at teh begining of the film and then slowly becomes a terrible corrupt person because he can't help but keep giving into the bad side of her personality. It's a really deep character study and not at all what you would expect from a typical 40s western. I give it five stars for trying to rise above it's genre."
Thanks a2zcds for preserving this amazing offbeat, yet enthr
Carol Walker | Austin Texas | 05/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""This is a wonderful example of how a man's uncontrolled passions and greed can destroy him completely. Director McGann has handled the narrative beautifully, inspiring his cast to give memorable performances. Although I had never viewed a Preston Foster movie before, I have just added his name to my all-time favorite lists of actors. Thanks a2zcds for preserving this amazing offbeat, yet enthralling Western on DVDs.""