“American Empire” is a 1942 western film directed by William C. McGann and starring Richard Dix, Leo Carrillo, and Preston Foster. The story takes place in the 19th century during the California Gold Rush, and follows the efforts of a group of entrepreneurs to build a railroad line across the United States.
Richard Dix plays Dan Taylor, a wealthy businessman who is determined to build a railroad line that will connect California with the eastern United States. He enlists the help of his friend and fellow entrepreneur, Paulo Ruiz (Leo Carrillo), as well as a number of other investors and workers, to help him achieve his goal.
However, Taylor and Ruiz soon find themselves facing a number of challenges and obstacles, including competition from rival businessmen, political opposition, and sabotage from anti-railroad activists. As tensions rise and the stakes get higher, the two men must use all of their resources and their ingenuity to keep the project on track.
Meanwhile, a love triangle develops between Taylor, Ruiz, and the beautiful Lorna Gale (Frances Farmer), who is torn between her loyalty to Ruiz and her growing feelings for Taylor. As the story unfolds, the characters must grapple with their own personal demons as well as the larger forces that threaten to derail their dreams.
“American Empire” is a sweeping epic that captures the excitement and drama of the early days of American expansion. It features spectacular scenery, thrilling action, and a talented cast of actors who bring their characters to life with passion and conviction. The film is a testament to the spirit of entrepreneurship and the determination of those who helped build America into the world power it is today.
William C. McGann
J. Robert Bren, Gladys Atwater, Ben Grauman Kohn
Richard Dix, Leo Carrillo, Preston Foster