California (1927)

56 mins | Western | 7 May 1927

Director:

W. S. Van Dyke

Writer:

Peter B. Kyne

Cinematographer:

Clyde De Vinna

Editor:

Basil Wrangell

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to reviews, the Dec 1846 Battle of San Pasqual, fought near San Diego, CA, was dramatized in the film. Capt. Archibald Gillespie and Brig. Gen Stephen W. Kearny, in addition to Kit Carson, were actual historical figures who participated in the battle during the Mexican-American War. Although reviews state that within the film, San Pasqual was dramatized as an American victory against the Mexican army, which controlled California, modern historical sources relate that the Americans suffered heavy losses and were not victorious. After the battle, however, Kearny's forces were able to reach San Diego, and California soon became a U.S. ... More Less

According to reviews, the Dec 1846 Battle of San Pasqual, fought near San Diego, CA, was dramatized in the film. Capt. Archibald Gillespie and Brig. Gen Stephen W. Kearny, in addition to Kit Carson, were actual historical figures who participated in the battle during the Mexican-American War. Although reviews state that within the film, San Pasqual was dramatized as an American victory against the Mexican army, which controlled California, modern historical sources relate that the Americans suffered heavy losses and were not victorious. After the battle, however, Kearny's forces were able to reach San Diego, and California soon became a U.S. territory. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Border Cities Star (Windsor, OT)
18 Jun 1927
p. 23.
Chicago Tribune
24 May 1927
p. 31.
Film Daily
10 Jul 1927.
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MPNBG
13 Oct 1927
p. 23.
Variety
29 Jun 1927
p. 33.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 May 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 May 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24255
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56
Length(in feet):
4,912
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, Capt. Archibald Gillespie of the U.S. Marines, is sent to Southern California to assist Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearny in attaining the territory for the Americans. With the help of guide Kit Carson, the Americans reach their destination and are victorious in battle. Gillespie, who has fallen in love with Carlotta del Rey, daughter of Mexican ranchero Don Carlos Del Rey, eventually wins her ... +


In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, Capt. Archibald Gillespie of the U.S. Marines, is sent to Southern California to assist Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearny in attaining the territory for the Americans. With the help of guide Kit Carson, the Americans reach their destination and are victorious in battle. Gillespie, who has fallen in love with Carlotta del Rey, daughter of Mexican ranchero Don Carlos Del Rey, eventually wins her love. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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