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Sutter's Gold
Directed byJames Cruze
Screenplay byWilliam Faulkner
Produced byCarl Laemmle
StarringEdward Arnold
Lee Tracy
Binnie Barnes
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byPhilip Cahn
Music byFranz Waxman
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1, 1936 (1936-03-01)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sutter's Gold is a 1936 American Western film. It is a fictionalized version of the aftermath of the discovery of gold on Sutter's property, spurring the California Gold Rush of 1849. Edward Arnold plays John Sutter. The supporting cast includes Lee Tracy, Binnie Barnes, Katherine Alexander, Montagu Love, and Harry Carey as Kit Carson. The film was directed by James Cruze.

The film is based on the novel "L'Or; la merveilleuse histoire du général Johann August Suter" by Blaise Cendrars (Paris, 1925); ISBN 1417910755, and a play by Bruno Frank.

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Production and aftermath

Carl Laemmle, president of Universal Pictures, loved action westerns and he wanted to make a big outdoor spectacle, along the lines of the well remembered silent epic The Covered Wagon (1923). Laemmle hired that film's director, James Cruze, for the new film Sutter's Gold. The studio assembled a "name" cast of popular character players including Edward Arnold, Lee Tracy, Harry Carey, and Binnie Barnes. Unfortunately neither the studio nor the film had any big "star" names to attract moviegoers, and -- dooming the project -- Laemmle had given director Cruze carte blanche to make the film and Cruze spent money lavishly, as was his custom in the silent days. The expenditure was too lavish for the budget-conscious Universal, and the no-star spectacle failed disastrously. Sutter's Gold damaged James Cruze's standing irreparably and it ruined Universal. A consortium of investors ousted Carl Laemmle and took over the company (now known as "the NEW Universal"). The only real benefit Universal derived from Sutter's Gold was its value as stock footage; Cruze's carefully staged outdoor scenes were often edited into the studio's low-budget adventures, westerns, and serials.


See also


  1. ^ Dick, Bernard K. (2015). City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 100. ISBN 9780813158891.

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