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Sutter's Gold (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 March 1936 (USA)
Story of the gold strike on an immigrant's property that started the 1849 California Gold Rush.

Director:

James Cruze

Writers:

Blaise Cendrars (based on novel by), Jack Kirkland (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Edward Arnold ... Johan (John) Sutter
Lee Tracy ... Pete Perkin
Binnie Barnes ... Countess Elizabeth Bartoffski
Katharine Alexander ... Anna Sutter
Montagu Love ... Capt. Kettleson
Addison Richards ... James Marshall
John Miljan ... Gen. Juan Bautista Alvarado
Harry Carey ... Kit Carson
William Janney ... John Sutter Jr.
Nan Grey ... Ann Eliza Sutter
Robert Warwick ... Gen. Alexander Rotscheff
Morgan Wallace ... General Fremont
Allen Vincent ... Juan Bautista Alvarado Jr.
Mitchell Lewis ... King Kamehameha
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Story of the gold strike on an immigrant's property that started the 1849 California Gold Rush.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Ouro See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The story was bought by Universal in the 20s as a project for Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, but was shelved when the studio and the director could not agree on the social aspects of the script. In the mid-80s another version was planned as a joint Canadian-French co-production by Moshe Mizrahi's Rosa Productions by New York-based Isram Film Corporation to be shot in the U.S. and Canada, but for reasons that are unclear it was not made. See more »

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Edited into Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939) See more »

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Plodding Biopic That Sunk Carl Laemmle
5 September 2013 | by SilentTypeSee all my reviews

This interminable biopic of the Californian pioneer John Sutter demonstrates just how important Preston Sturgess' screenplay was to the artistic success of 'Diamond Jim' Universal's similarly lavish biopic, also starring Edward Arnold, of the previous year. Where Sturgess made the most of that story's rough edges, the cavalcade of writers who worked on this (rarely a good sign) not only sand them off but substitute some very dull fiction in place of fact.

Production values are high - they could not help but be, given the film's massive budget - and under the direction of James Cruze, famous for his nation-building epics of the silent era, visuals are impressive. None of this can overcome a plodding, overlong and exposition-laden script, in which characters tell us exactly who they are and how they feel at every possible moment.

Edward Arnold gives a sincere performance in the title role and certainly looks the part, but Binnie Barnes sleepwalks through her role as his love interest. At the other end of the scale, Lee Tracy hams it up as Sutter's right hand man, particularly in the later scenes as his character ages.

The bare bones of the story are not uninteresting, but they're conveyed in such an uninspiring fashion that you never come to care for Sutter, his vast ambitions, or his downfall.

The financial failure of this film is often cited as having sealed the fate of Universal Pictures head Carl Laemmle and his son, Carl Jr. By the end of this, you might wish you were the one who signed the termination letter.


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