Kaiser von Kalifornien, Der
Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (Germany 1936 / Director: Luis Trenker)
- Release Date: 21.7.1936
- Runtime: 101 min
Also known as
El emperador de California (Spain) | L'imperatore della California (Italy) | The Emperor of California | Conquista de sangre (Uruguay) | Kejsaren av Kalifornien (Sweden) | O aftokrator tis Kalifornias (Greece)
Cast and crew
- Cast: Luis Trenker (Johann August Suter), Viktoria von Ballasko (Anna Suter), Werner Kunig (Rudolf Suter), Karli Zwingmann (Emil Sutter), Elise Aulinger (Frau Dübolt), Melanie Horeschovsky (Amalie), Bernhard Minetti (Der Fremde), Luis Gerold (Ermattinger), Paul Verhoeven (Barmixer Billy), Hans Zesch-Ballot (Gouverneur Alvaredo), Marcella Albani (Frau Alvaredo), Walter Franck (Adjudant Castro), Reginald Pasch (John Marshall), August Eichborn (Ganove Harper), Jim Simmons (Brown's fellow), Michael von Nelinski (Harper's weiterer Kumpane), Berta Drews (Chansonette), Alexander Golling (Bürgermeister Kewen), Rudolf Klein-Rogge (banker), Otto Stoeckel (banker), Bruno Ziener (banker), Josef Reithofer (police counselor), Jakob Sinn (policeman), Erich Dunskus (Smith gambling den owner), Josef Eichheim (villager), Armin Schweizer (coachman), Josef Voggenhauser (goldminer Jones), Walter Albrecht (goldminer), Peter Busse (goldminer), Rudolf Preuss (goldminer), Barbara von Annekoff (Negro in gambling den), Karl-Helge Hofstadt (American envoy), Alfred Karen (Governor's guest), Heinrich Marlo (Thompson), Jac Diehl (cowboy), Erich Meissel (cowboy), Friedel Towae (saloon girl), Auguste Wanner-Kirsch (townsman), Wolfgang Staudte (townsman), Peter Bergin (townsman), Hendrik Bronsgeest (townsman), Willy Brudjam (townsman), Ingeborg Carlsson (townsman), Elisabeth Kuhlmann (townsman), Karl Leander (townsman), Hugo Lehner (townsman)
- Story: Luis Trenker
- Screenplay: Luis Trenker
- Cinematography: Albert Benitz, Heinz von Jaworsky [black & white - 1,37:1]
- Music: Giuseppe Becce
- Producer: Luis Trenker
John Sutter discovers gold in California and initiates the frenzy of the Gold Rush.
"Der Kaiser von Kalifornien is, despite the flood of German westerns in the 60s, still the best German western. Rhythm and realism of the journey to California, of the mass scenes with workers building the Nova Helvetia and the scenes on the gold fields are far ahead of everything that similar German and even most of the American productions had to offer then." (Joe Hembus)
Trenker went with a mini crew and a small budget to the USA where he shot most of the scenes on location in Nevada, California and Texas. The missing mass scenes were later shot in Italy near Livorno.
James Cruze's debacle, Sutter's Gold (originally planned as a project for Sergev M. Eisenstein), based on the same events, was made around the same time.