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Cavalier of the West (1931)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 15 November 1931 (USA)
Burgess and Greeley are rustling horses and shooting Indians. When they kill Manual they frame Lieutenant Allister. His older brother John now attempts to defend him at his murder trial.


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Stars: Harry Carey, Elinor Fair, J. Carlton Wetherby


Complete credited cast:
Harry Carey ... Capt. John Allister
Carmen Laroux Carmen Laroux ... Dolores Fernandez (as Carmen LaRoux)
Kane Richmond ... Lt. Wilbur Allister
Christina Montt Christina Montt ... Chiquita
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Sheriff Bill Ryan (as Geo. F. Hayes)
Ted Adams ... Lee Burgess (as Theodore Adams)
Maston Williams ... Deputy 'Red' Greeley
Paul Panzer ... Don Fernandez
P. Narcha P. Narcha ... White Feather
Ben Corbett ... Army Sergeant
Lew Meehan ... Tim Slade


Captain John Allister of the U.S. Cavalry catches deputy sheriff "Red'Greeley and four henchmen in the act of attacking White Feather and two other Indians.The men accuse the Indians of stealing their horses but Allister, using a ruse, proves this false. He knows the four men were planning on stealing the gold the Indians were taking to El Rio. Allister arrests the men, charges them with theft and the murder of Indians a week before, and turns then over to Sheriff Bill Ryan. Greeley gets word to gang-leader Lee Burgess, foreman of the Fernandez ranch that his men have been arrested. Ryan and Allister ride to the ranch to look over some horses for Army purchase, where the open admiration of Dolores Fernandez for Allister triggers a jealous reaction in Burgess. Back at the jail, the four prisoners escape and Greeley is suspected of complicity in their escape. Fearing an Indian uprising, Allister declares martial law and threatens the firing squad for anyone interfering with the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

15 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El caballero del Oeste See more »

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1.37 : 1
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During Lt. Allister's murder trial his brother, Capt. Allister, acts as his defense counsel. Under no circumstances would a military member--lawyer or not--be permitted to act as a defense counsel in a civilian court. It is a violation of both civilian and military law. See more »


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Good cast overcomes somewhat choppy presentation
15 September 2019 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

Harry Caey is an army captain whose wastrel kid brother, a lieutenant, is transferred to his post, and they find themselves competing for the same beautiful Mexican girl, when the brother gets mixed up in a murder involving a saloon girl, in addition to trouble with a crooked cantina/gambling-house onwer and a gang of rustlers.

Carey;l is an undeniable presence, and entirely believable as a grizzled cavalry captain, Kane Richmond is cast against type as the crousing, drunken brother and Gabby Hayes--billed here is George Hayes--is terrific as an Irish-born sheriff. In addition, there are two absolutely stunning Mexican actresses, Carmen LaRoux and Christina Montt, playing the girl Carey and his brothers are in love with and the saloon girl, respectively, and both do first-rate jobs. Ted Adams, of course, does his usual fine job of villainy.

Where the film falters is in its presentation. The writing by director John P. McCarthy leaves a lot to be desired, and his direction is choppy and erratic. There is a dearth of action until near the end, when there is a not-bad shootout between the cavalry and the rustler gang.

All things considered, I'd rate this independent (Weiss Bros.) "B" western just a bit below average, but Carey's presence, and the two beautiful Mexican women, made me give it an extra star.Worth a look.

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