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In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 20 January 1929 (USA)
A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

O. Henry (story "The Caballero's Way"), Tom Barry (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... The Cisco Kid
Edmund Lowe ... Sergeant Mickey Dunn
Dorothy Burgess ... Tonia Maria
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Storyline

Army Sergeant Mickey Dunn sets out in pursuit of the Cisco Kid, a notorious if kind-hearted and charismatic bandit of the Old West. The Kid spends much of his loot on Tonia, the woman he loves, not realizing that she is being unfaithful to him in his absence. Soon, with her oblivious paramour off plying his trade, Tonia falls in with Dunn, drawn by the allure of a substantial reward for the Kid's capture -- dead or alive. Together, they concoct a plan to ambush and do away with the Cisco Kid once and for all. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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As great as "The Covered Wagon!" An epic of the old Southwest calling to you from the hills and the sunset! You'll never forget it! (Print Ad- Spartanburg Herald, ((Spartanburg, SC)) 19 July 1929) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

20 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cisco Kid See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest released Best Picture Oscar nominee with a place name in the title. See more »

Goofs

When Cisco robs the stagecoach, he is wearing an army holster (flap-over), the same type the Sargeant wears. But for the rest of the movie, he wears an open holster. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
The Cisco Kid: Her flirting days are over. And she's ready to settle down.
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Connections

Followed by The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetheart for a Day
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Written by 'Fred Warren'
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A triumph of early sound on film technology
18 October 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Although this film was released in January 1929, it was filmed in 1928. That makes it truly amazing when you think that the first all-talking picture wasn't even released until July 1928 - "Lights of New York". As others have mentioned, this film does not have lots of action - much screen time is spent with characters just talking in specific locations. There are no exciting shoot-outs or chases as you would expect in a western made just five years later. This is probably due to the motion constraint of the early sound cameras. However, you do get some tremendous long shots of some stunning western vistas. This was because Fox was an early adopter of sound-on-film versus sound-on-disc. This gave Fox the ability to shoot outside and made the studio an innovator in the production of newsreels - they could take their cameras anywhere.

As for the film itself, I'd recommend it only if you're interested in early sound films. Otherwise, you'll probably be bored stiff due to the lack of action. Warner Baxter's portrayal of the Cisco Kid is quite good. He doesn't get too campy with a role that could have been over-the-top in the wrong hands. I do have to wonder - why is every single member of the army that is pursuing Cisco speaking with a Queens accent and why are they using urban New York slang? Was there a mix-up at central casting that day? Was the cast of this film supposed to show up for a Bowery Boys film or a gangster picture and wound up here by mistake? In 1928 there were dialogue coaches, but probably not many coaches on regional dialect. It's a shame to think that if John Wayne had tried out for this early sound western he would have been turned down because he didn't sound like he was from Brooklyn.


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