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Director  Lew Landers
Music director  Mischa Bakaleinikoff
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Language  English
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Genre  Adventure, History, Romance
Producer  Sam Katzman
Country  United States
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Release date  July 4, 1952 (1952-07-04)
Writer  Robert E. Kent (original story and screenplay)
Cast  Cornel Wilde (Don Arturo Bordega), Teresa Wright (Julie Lawrence), Alfonso Bedoya (José Martínez), Lisa Ferraday (Helena de Gagarine)
Similar movies  Related Lew Landers movies
Tagline  California's fight for freedom!

California Conquest is a 1952 American film, directed by Lew Landers, and starring Cornel Wilde and Teresa Wright. The film is set in the early 1840s, and deals with a conspiracy by native Spanish Hidalgos to deliver the then-Mexican territory of California to the Russian Empire.

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Plot

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Don Arturo Bordega (Cornel Wilde) is part of the old Spanish nobility, and a vocal advocate for California'a annexation by the United States. On his way to a secret meeting in support of that goal, he is attacked by bandits led by José Martínez (Alfonso Bedoya), but narrowly escapes. The planned "guest of honor" at the secret meeting to which Bordega is en route, is none other than then-U.S. Army Captain John Charles Fremont. Martinez's thugs attempt to assassinate Fremont while he is traveling to the same meeting, but succeed only in lightly wounding him. It is subsequently revealed that the corrupt Brios brothers, Ernesto (Eugene Iglesias) and Fredo (John Dehner) have paid Martinez to violently oppose the movement advocating American annexation of California, as part of their unscrupulous plot to deliver California to the imperial domain of the Russian Czar (in exchange for a promise to appoint first Ernesto, and later Fredo, as the Russian colonial governor).

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Martinez's men violently seize a quantity of rifles from gunsmith Sam Lawrence (Hank Patterson), in order to arm a force in support of the Russian conquest of California. This invokes the wrath of his beautiful daughter, Julia (Teresa Wright), who winds up joining Arturo Bordega in his mission to infiltrate Martinez's bandit group, in order to foil their part in the nefarious scheme. Martinez is eventually killed by Julia Lawrence (and Ernesto Brios is slain by Bordega in a duel), during a period in which they learn the nature of the Brios' plot. Arturo Bordega and Julia Lawrence eventually travel to Fort Ross, where they are able to capture Fredo Brios (as well as a fictional Russian princess, Helena de Gagarine, and a high-ranking Russian army officer), and otherwise manage to thwart the treasonous conspiracy. During the course of their travels together, Bordega and Lawrence fall in love, and the film concludes with their stated intent to marry, and "have 14 children."

Cast

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Cornel Wilde ... Don Arturo Bordega
Teresa Wright ... Julie Lawrence
Alfonso Bedoya ... José Martínez
Lisa Ferraday ... Helena de Gagarine
Eugene Iglesias ... Ernesto Brios
John Dehner ... Fredo Brios
Ivan Lebedeff ... Alexander Rotcheff
Tito Renaldo ... Don Bernardo Mirana
Renzo Cesana ... Fr. Lindos


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References

California Conquest Wikipedia
California Conquest IMDb California Conquest themoviedb.org


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