Synopsis by Hal Erickson
California Conquest is set in the early 19th century, when California was fighting for its independence from Mexico--and as such was up for grabs so far as several other nations were concerned. Wealthy landowner Fredo Brios (John Dehner) feverishly opposes all efforts by Californians seeking to become a part of the United States, and to that end Brios hires bandit Jose Martinez (Alfonso Bedoya) to help forge an alliance with Russia. But patriotic Don Arturo Bordega (Cornel Wilde) and his lady love Julia Lawrence (Teresa Wright) attempt to checkmate Brios by locating a cache of guns stolen by Martinez' men. Amusingly, the Russian characters in California Conquest spout Marxist-Leninist dogma nearly a century before the Revolution. Featured in the cast is Renzo Cesana, who in 1952 was immensely popular as TV's "Continental."
against-all-odds, conquest, control, crimefighting, drug-lord, expert, influence, landowner, leader, Mexico, outlaw [Western], politician, power, promise, reform [improve], rights, Russia, Spain, struggle, takeover, territory, weapons