In Old Arizona '29 [Blu-ray]
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IN OLD ARIZONA is taken from O. Henry's short story "The Caballero's Way." It's a story that's easy to find with a simple internet search and is worth the hunt. The movie is more or less faithful to the source: the Cisco Kid loves Tonia (Dorothy Burgess) who, O. Henry tells us, was `half Carmen, half Madonna, and the rest...let us say, was humming-bird.' The movie Tonia is quite a bit more Carmen than Madonna, though, and it's not long before her roving eyes fall upon calvary Sgt. Mickey Dunn (Edmund Lowe), a bowery boy, transplanted to the old west, who is mesmerized equally by the humming-bird charms of Tonia and the sizable bounty offered for the Cisco Kid, dead or alive. Not quite the antagonist or motivation envisioned by O. Henry, but close enough for the purposes of this movie. With its simple but strong plot in place, IN OLD ARIZONA shows us how this deadly love triangle plays out.Read more ›
It was in pretty poor shape. But, it was also the only resource
I could find for this movie.
This movie is not one of Warner Baxter's best movies. But, it is
historically interesting as being the very first talking western and the first appearance of the Cisco Kid. And he's a bad guy in this one too. And overall, I have to give it five stars for the fact that it was new technology and also interesting to see actors that came from the silent era learning to adapt to speaking a part as well as acting it. I am greatful to Fox for taking this movie out of mothballs and restoring it. It is not perfect but, considering the version I had previously, it is pretty near it. Well worth adding to a movie collector's collection.
In the original O'Henry short story, the Cisco Kid had far more darker facets to his personality, but it was lightened considerably for the big screen, and over the years turned more comical than dramatic .
Warner Baxter (1889-1951) plays Cisco. Baxter was a big star in the 20s. After "In Old Arizona" he went on to star in "Prisoner of Shark island" (1936) and "Kidnapped" (1938) and his career fizzled after that.
Beautiful Dorothy Burgess (1907-61) plays Cisco's love interest in her film debut. She had a brief busy career in the early 30s, but various love affairs and a manslaughter charge squashed her box office appeal.
Square jawed Edmund Lowe (1890-1971) was a leading star in the silent era, and made the transition in the 30s with films like "Chandu the Magician" (1932) and "Dinner at Eight" (1933).
Raoul Walsh (1887-1980) was originally scheduled to direct and star, but an accident with a jack rabbit caused him to lose his eye, and Warner Baxter got his part.Read more ›
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Based on the O Henry story, The Caballero's Way, In Old Arizona is pretty slow and only mildly entertaining. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan L. Miller
Regular, too much theatrecally the performing by the actors and actress.-Published 8 months ago by Ariel Fernández
Warner Baxter is marvelous, the story has a 'different' ending and being as old as it is
the film is in fantastic shape!!
The Cisco Kid was one of the TV westerns I watched growing up in the 1950's with Duncan Renaldo. But I knew that Duncan's Cisco Kid was not exactly like O Henry's version and so... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William Armstrong
Co-directed by Raoul Walsh, the film is based on O'Henry's original Cisco Kid. He's very bad news for his girlfriend.Published on July 15, 2013 by david a. banks
Idid't see eve with this resolution
Thnaks a lot for que reconstruction
Ilove this film it is very good ok
With the arrival of the "talkie," sound pictures were quickly integrated into each studio. In one short year, the new technology had spread across the industry and into each genre. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Ryan
This movie was great for its time,but does'nt quite transfer across on todays standards.Has some volume issues when the actors are talking in low tone or walking away from a... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by JUDAS TREES
This has got to be one of his best roles. It's easy to understand why he repeated the role three times in the next ten years.Published on March 17, 2013 by Bart Petrosky
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