5.9/10
214
6 user 2 critic

Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 17 March 1936 (USA)
In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land and gold-crazy Americans. Farmer Joaquin ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jimmy writes the 'Up and Down Broadway' column for the New York Globe, and he is head over heels for Mary. But Mary is more interested in her career and is looking at starring on Broadway ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In New York, a small-time hood, who took the rap for a murder committed by his crime-boss in exchange for 50 G's, faces deportation because he doesn't hold American citizenship.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill
British Agent (1934)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, William Gargan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Like the anonymous novel (generally credited to Rex Stout) upon which it is based, the photoplay tells how a peace-loving President prevents his country from being stampeded into a European war.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Edward Arnold, Arthur Byron, Paul Kelly
Pursued (1947)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson
Suspense (1946)
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star, who also happens to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Belita, Barry Sullivan, Bonita Granville
Yellow Sky (1948)
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew, Eddie Bracken
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: George Raft, Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Bill Warren
...
Rosa F. 'Rosita' de Murrieta
...
...
Madre Murrieta (as Soledad Jimenez)
Carlos De Valdez ...
José Murrieta (as Carlos de Valdez)
...
Johnnie 'Jack' Warren
...
...
Ramon de la Cuesta
...
Capt. Osborne
Ralph Remley ...
Judge Hank Perkins
...
Tomás
...
Pedro
...
Louise
Edit

Storyline

In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land and gold-crazy Americans. Farmer Joaquin Murrieta revenges the death of his wife against the four Americans who killed her and is branded an outlaw. The reward for his capture is increased as he subsequently kills the men who brutally murder his brother. Joining with bandit Three Fingered Jack, Murrieta raises an army of disaffected Mexicans and goes on a rampage against the Americans, finally forcing his erstwhile friend, Bill Warren, to lead a posse against him. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

NOT SINCE "IN OLD ARIZONA" - such a romantic triumph! Cast of thousands! A Year to make it! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Oiro  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Tuesday 13 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Tuesday 24 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was first aired 29 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in New York City 29 August 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in the 1840s, yet the guns are mostly repeaters which were not in use yet (though a few might have existed). All pistols are clearly revolvers, rifles are repeaters. Yet the Mexican encampment has a storehouse with kegs of powder, and during the shootout there, several people die trying to bring back a keg of black powder as they were running out of ammo, which would have been useless as they needed bullets not powder. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner (1850)
Sung by the townfolk as the coach arrives with the bride
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unique and engaging
29 December 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with the wedding of Joaquin Murrieta to his devoted young bride in California in 1848--just after the territory was ceded to the United States from Mexico after the Mexican War. Joaquin and his fellow Mexicans are uncertain what to expect under American rule and unfortunately matters are made much worse when gold is discovered--lawlessness and injustice seem inextricably connected to the Gold Rush. While affecting all the Hispanic community in the film, it's worst for Joaquin because Anglos rape and kill his wife (the rape is strongly implied in the film) and a bit later an insane lynch mob kills his brother. Feeling he had no other choice, Joaquin joined a group of bandits and soon increased their number and became a major force for evil. Only later, when it is perhaps too late, does he realize that his actions are wrong and he repents of his new wicked ways.

The plot for this film is quite exciting and Warner Baxter did an excellent job playing lead--as did J. Carrol Naish as his hot-tempered sidekick, "Three fingered Jack". While they were not Hispanic actors, they did credible jobs in the film and I was impressed that the film tried to give Joaquin and his men some humanity and sense of purpose. They were not just mindless killers or bandits. Oddly, Bruce Cabot, a man known for playing bad guys in 1930s and 40s films, plays a very decent and likable guy in this film--one who understands why Joaquin chose a life of crime and sympathizes with his plight. The film has enough action and plot to make it more than just another time-passer.

What makes this excellent film so interesting, though, is that after I finished watching it I did a search on Google and found that there really was a famous bandit named Joaquin Murrieta at the time. However, many of his exploits seem rather legendary and the exact story is muddled over time. How much of the Murrieta saga is based on his movie portrayals and how much of it is true is open to debate.

FYI--Though the movie is set in 1848, gun aficionados will notice that there are LOTS of repeating pistols and rifles in the film--something you would have probably not seen at the time. While there were a very few revolvers and multi-shot rifles in 1848, they were mostly experimental and took ages to load--most being hand-loaded without cartridges. Actual cartridges were super rare and were only seen about a decade later and even by the time the Civil War took place, most weapons were single-shot--taking 30 seconds to a minute to reload. This film just seemed to use the same .45s and other guns you'd find in a Western set in the 1870s. Again and again, people fired and reloaded with great ease--and this would not have been the case in the 1840s.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page