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The Gentleman from Arizona (1939)

Approved | | Action, Music, Western | 25 December 1939 (USA)
Advertised as the first movie shot entirely in Arizona, which it wasn't (the first movie shot in Arizona, that is) by several country miles and years, and featuring Arizonians such as ... See full summary »


Earl Haley


Earl Haley (story and screenplay), Jack O'Donnell (story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
John 'Dusty' King ... Pokey Sanders (as John King)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Wild Bill Coburn
Joan Barclay ... Georgia Coburn
Ruth Reece Ruth Reece ... Juanita Coburn
Craig Reynolds ... 'Van' Van Wyck
Nora Lane ... Martha
Doc Pardee Doc Pardee ... Doc Pardee - Announcer
Ross Santee Ross Santee ... Ross (Ranch Guest)
Adrianna Galvez Adrianna Galvez ... Senorita Adrianna
Johnnie Morris Johnnie Morris ... Pee Wee (as John Morris)
Sherry Hall Sherry Hall ... The Gimp
Buck ... Buck the Dog
Golden Westerners Golden Westerners ... Musicians
Rex Jr. Rex Jr. ... Sky Rex


Advertised as the first movie shot entirely in Arizona, which it wasn't (the first movie shot in Arizona, that is) by several country miles and years, and featuring Arizonians such as ten-year-old Ruth Reece, a singer on radio station KOY, and Doc Pardee, a horse trainer who also had the reputation as the fastest talking rodeo announcer in the profession, the story takes place on the Coburn Ranch (played by the real Gillespie Ranch in southern Arizona), a cattle empire that stretches over many thousand of acres, but has fallen on hard times because the owner, "Wild Bill" Coburn, owes the government $80,000 in back taxes. Coburn sees two solutions to the problem; one is for his thoroughbred, Sky Lancer, to win the Arizona Derby, and the other is to have his daughter Georgia marry the wealthy "Van" Van Wyck, whose horse, "The Gem" is Sky Lancer's only rival for the derby purse. Roving cowhands Pokey and Pee Wee arrive at the ranch and are given jobs because Pokey is the only man who can... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Hear the nation's number one song hit 'EL RANCHO GRANDE! (original print ad) See more »


Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

25 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona Thoroughbred See more »

Filming Locations:

Gillespie Ranch, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden West See more »
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Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leading lady Joan Barclay drives a 1938 Buick four-door convertible throughout the film. See more »


It Makes No Difference Now
Written by Jimmie Davis and Floyd Tillman
Sung by Ruth Reece
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"i knew the haleys,i am certain"
10 March 2014 | by abcmpatterSee all my reviews

my name mark Patterson, born 1954,i was friends with "jay haley" in Madison no1,also adored his sister "rosie",I believe she is not with us,and earla,who was also fun,his father had a studio in their home on I believe "Oregon,or,colter on 16th st.area.MR. HALEY,WAS PURE OLD Hollywood,HAT,CLASSY CAR,ALWAYS DRESSED,ALWAYS A DAPPER,ARTIST!!,I FORGET JAYS MOTHER,TIME TAKES US,SHE WAS GORGEOUS now,i have so lost contact with all,i believe mr. haley passed at the v.a. where I worked,they,earla,and I believe rosie were there,being shy,being 25so years,and they were deathwatch,i didn't say,talk ,figuring tomorrow would be better,AS LIFE IS,NO TOMORROW,HE PASSED.and anyone here knowing the whereabouts,and where,how,jay,earla,are,please respond,as they all were a grand unique family,god bless them all!!!, mark, hpatterson8@cox.net, and getting this movie,i am sure he was the phoenix DIRECTOR,haley!!!!

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