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An Arizona Wooing (1915)

Manuel Paquito and Tom Warner are rivals for the love of Jean Dixon. Knowing that Paquito is an outlaw, Jean favors Warner. In difficulties with the cattlemen, Tom Warner is captured by ... See full summary »

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Tom Mix
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Tom Mix ... Tom Warner
Louella Maxam ... Jean Dixon
Pat Chrisman Pat Chrisman ... Mexican Joe
William Brunton ... Thomas Dixon
Sid Jordan Sid Jordan
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Manuel Paquito and Tom Warner are rivals for the love of Jean Dixon. Knowing that Paquito is an outlaw, Jean favors Warner. In difficulties with the cattlemen, Tom Warner is captured by them one night; they peg him out on the desert to starve him to surrender. Paquito finds Warner and tortures him. Jean comes upon the scene, and is forced by Paquito to promise to marry him, or see her lover killed. She reluctantly chooses the former. Dixon, Jean's father, returns to Warner, who tells him what has happened. Together, they summon the other cattlemen and start to run down the Mexican. Paquito and Jean reach the nearest village and ride to the house of a clergyman. However, Tom and Dixon ride up in time to prevent the marriage. After a revolver duel, the Mexican is captured and is forced to stand by and see the marriage of his rival to Jean. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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arizona territory | arizona | See All (2) »

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Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Et Frieri i Arizona See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tom Mix, back when he was wearing denim instead of white buckskin
19 August 2006 | by wmorrow59See all my reviews

Tom Mix was the biggest cowboy star of the 1920's, and in keeping with the spirit of the age his movies were fast paced and flashy, with well choreographed action sequences and exciting chases. Fans of his '20s work will hardly recognize the guy in this early incarnation, one of the many two-reel Westerns he made for producer William Selig during his cinematic apprenticeship. This is a simple, straightforward drama that looks like the sort of vehicle designed for 'Broncho Billy' Anderson or William S. Hart. It's quite low-key however, and lacks the intensity often found in Hart's work.

The story concerns cowboy Tom Warner, who raises sheep on a cattle ranch owned by a man named Dixon, the father of his girlfriend Jean. Jean, meanwhile, is being menaced by a Mexican outlaw who wants to have his way with her. When Jean's father decides he no longer wants Tom to raise sheep on his ranch they quarrel, and Dixon later sends a gang of thuggish ranch hands to persuade Tom to see things his way. Things get fairly stressful for both Tom and Jean, but I don't think I'm giving anything away in reporting that Tom manages to straighten everything out in time for the final fade-out.

An Arizona Wooing was re-cut, re-titled and re-released in the early '20s to capitalize on Mix's growing fame. The print I saw dates from this reissue, but unfortunately whoever rewrote the text made the story difficult to follow; a key conversation between Tom and Mr. Dixon has no dialog cards at all, despite the fact that this scene is crucial to everything that follows. (Although it's possible the card was simply missing from this print, due to a splice.) Be that as it may, the story is clear enough -- if you use a little imagination to fill in the gaps -- and the film works pretty well over all. I happen to enjoy these early, rough-edged Westerns more than the slicker Hollywood productions that came along afterwards. Ironically, it was Tom Mix himself who inspired the trend for those big budget 'Rhinestone Cowboy' type horse operas. But for viewers interested in seeing a more modest Tom Mix in a more modest setting, this is a good place to start. I just hope you find a better print than the one I saw.


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