A deserter who had been an Army lieutenant, Jonathan Trumbo is hired to guide a wagon train bound for California during the California Gold Rush. When a woman named Lily Bishop is accused of cheating at poker in a saloon, farmer Michael Fabian invites her to join the wagon train over Trumbo's strenuous objections. Trumbo, too, accuses of her of cheating at cards after losing to Lily, an insult she promises not to forget. Lily leaves with Booth Pennock, a ruffian who injures Trumbo with a whip before departing. Lily ends up in Pharoah City, running a saloon. The town is controlled by Pharoah Coffin, a former slave trader who opposes the law and order of California approving statehood. Trumbo turns up and gets involved in a saloon brawl. Lily orders him never to set foot there again, but Trumbo wins the place in a poker game. She mistakenly takes Pharoah to be an honest man and moves onto his hacienda. Coffin's men beat up Trumbo, who is rescued on the trail by Mexicans and vows revenge. When his wounds heal, Trumbo returns and becomes a spokesman for statehood advocacy. Coffin's hired men kill Fabian for similar beliefs, causing Lily to finally see Coffin for the crazed villain he is. Trumbo forms a posse and corners Coffin, who is descending into madness. Lily shoots him. Trumbo, in love with Lily, promises to return to the Army to atone for his desertion, hoping someday to return to her.

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California (1947)

Romance/Western · 1h 37m

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A deserter who had been an Army lieutenant, Jonathan Trumbo is hired to guide a wagon train bound for California during the California Gold Rush. When a woman named Lily Bishop is accused of cheating at poker in a saloon, farmer Michael Fabian invites her to join the wagon train over Trumbo's strenuous objections. Trumbo, too, accuses of her of cheating at cards after losing to Lily, an insult she promises not to forget. Lily leaves with Booth Pennock, a ruffian who injures Trumbo with a whip before departing. Lily ends up in Pharoah City, running a saloon. The town is controlled by Pharoah Coffin, a former slave trader who opposes the law and order of California approving statehood. Trumbo turns up and gets involved in a saloon brawl. Lily orders him never to set foot there again, but Trumbo wins the place in a poker game. She mistakenly takes Pharoah to be an honest man and moves onto his hacienda. Coffin's men beat up Trumbo, who is rescued on the trail by Mexicans and vows revenge. When his wounds heal, Trumbo returns and becomes a spokesman for statehood advocacy. Coffin's hired men kill Fabian for similar beliefs, causing Lily to finally see Coffin for the crazed villain he is. Trumbo forms a posse and corners Coffin, who is descending into madness. Lily shoots him. Trumbo, in love with Lily, promises to return to the Army to atone for his desertion, hoping someday to return to her.

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Released
Cast
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Ray Milland

Jonathan Trumbo
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Barbara Stanwyck

Lily Bishop
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Barry Fitzgerald

Michael Fabian
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George Coulouris

Capt. Pharaoh Coffin
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Albert Dekker

Mr. Pike
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Anthony Quinn

Don Luís Rivera y Hernandez
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Frank Faylen

Whitey
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Gavin Muir

Booth Pennock
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James Burke

Pokey
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Eduardo Ciannelli

Padre
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Roman Bohnen

Col. Stuart
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Argentina Brunetti

Elvira
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Howard Freeman

Sen. Creel
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Julia Faye

Wagon Woman
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George Anderson

Miner (uncredited)
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Billy Andrews

Boy (uncredited)
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Stanley Andrews

Willoughby (uncredited)
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Gary Armstrong

Boy (uncredited)
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George Barton

Farmer (uncredited)
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Jack Baxley

Cowhand (uncredited)
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Don Beddoe

Stark (uncredited)
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Hank Bell

Wagon Driver (uncredited)
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Joseph E. Bernard

Miner (uncredited)
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Stanley Blystone

Miner (uncredited)
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Chet Brandenburg

Miner (uncredited)
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Al Bridge

Town Marshal (uncredited)
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George Bruggeman

Miner (uncredited)
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Bob Burns

Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
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Albert Cavens

Miner (uncredited)
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Eddy Chandler

(uncredited)
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Lane Chandler

Man (uncredited)
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Tom Chatterton

Joe (uncredited)
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Russ Clark

Man (uncredited)
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Jack Rube Clifford

Miner (uncredited)
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Clancy Cooper

Cavalry N.C.O. (uncredited)
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Harry Cording

Miner (uncredited)
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Jeff Corey

Clem (uncredited)
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Kernan Cripps

Shopkeeper (uncredited)
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James Davies

Miner (uncredited)
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Lester Dorr

Mike (uncredited)
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Jimmie Dundee

Gambler (uncredited)
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Phil Dunham

Barber (uncredited)
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Ralph Dunn

Man (uncredited)
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LeRoy Edwards

Black Slave (uncredited)
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Eddie Ehrhart

Boy (uncredited)
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Diane Ervin

Wagon Woman / Miner's Wife (uncredited)
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Tom Fadden

Stranger (uncredited)
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Virginia Farmer

Second Town Matron (uncredited)
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Betty Farrington

(uncredited)
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Al Ferguson

Card Player (uncredited)
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Frank Ferguson

Cavalry Lieutenant on Patrol (uncredited)
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Sam Flint

Higgins (uncredited)
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Francis Ford

Jessie (uncredited)
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Martin Garralaga

Mexican Sheepherder (uncredited)
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Bud Geary

Blacksmith (uncredited)
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John George

Miner (uncredited)
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Joe Gilbert

Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
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Jesse Graves

Black Servant (uncredited)
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Frank Hagney

Stranger (uncredited)
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William Hall

Man (uncredited)
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Chick Hannan

Miner (uncredited)
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Harry Hayden

Barrett (uncredited)
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Len Hendry

Spectator (uncredited)
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Gertrude Hoffman

Old Woman (uncredited)
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Wesley Hopper

Faro Dealer (uncredited)
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Bill Hunter

Miner (uncredited)
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Si Jenks

Settler (uncredited)
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Darby Jones

Black Slave (uncredited)
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Dave Kashner

Whipman (uncredited)
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Colin Kenny

Delegate (uncredited)
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Bob Kortman

Pioneer (uncredited)
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Ann Kunde

Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
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Ethan Laidlaw

Reb (uncredited)
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Perc Launders

Printer (uncredited)
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Rex Lease

Stranger (uncredited)
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George Lloyd

Miner (uncredited)
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George Magrill

Stranger (uncredited)
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Louis Mason

Slim (uncredited)
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George McDonald

Boy (uncredited)
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Dock McGill

Coffin's Servant (uncredited)
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William Meader

Party Guest (uncredited)
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George Melford

Delegate (uncredited)
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Frank Mills

Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
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Frances Morris

Mrs. Smith (uncredited)
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Richard M. Norman

(uncredited)
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Jasper Palmer

Miner (uncredited)
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Tony Paton

Delegate (uncredited)
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Jack Perrin

Miner (uncredited)
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Lee Phelps

Bartender (uncredited)
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Pepito Pérez

Piano Player (uncredited)
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Ed Randolph

(uncredited)
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Albert Ray

(uncredited)
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Joey Ray

Pennock's Partner with Whip (uncredited)
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Pedro Regas

Mexican Sheepherder (uncredited)
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Mitchell Rhein

Miner (uncredited)
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Fred Santley

Delegate (uncredited)
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John Sheehan

(uncredited)
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Kathryn Sheldon

Gaunt Wagon Woman (uncredited)
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Charles Soldani

Miner (uncredited)
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Cap Somers

Miner (uncredited)
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George Sowards

Coffin Man (uncredited)
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LeRoy Taylor

Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
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Phil Tead

Eddie (uncredited)
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Janet Thomas

Wagon Woman (uncredited)
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Tommy Tucker

Elwyn Smith (uncredited)
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Minerva Urecal

Emma (uncredited)
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Philip Van Zandt

Mr. Gunce (uncredited)
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Bobby Warde

(uncredited)
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Dick Wessel

Blacksmith (uncredited)
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Blackie Whiteford

Miner (uncredited)
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Joe Whitehead

Miner / Onlooker / Steamship Clerk / Delegate (uncredited)
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Crane Whitley

Abe Clinton (uncredited)
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Guy Wilkerson

Stranger (uncredited)
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Henry Wills

Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
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Ian Wolfe

President James K. Polk (uncredited)
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Will Wright

Chairman (uncredited)
Crew
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John Farrow

Director
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Frank Butler

Writer
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Theodore Strauss

Writer
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Boris Ingster

Writer
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Seton I. Miller

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

California

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/8/2007

Disc Title Front Cover

California

(DVD)

5/9/2006

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