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The Gaucho (1927)

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A girl is saved by a miracle after she falls from a cliff in the Argentine Andes, and is blessed with healing powers. A shrine is built on the site, and a whole city grows around it, rich ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
The Mountain Girl
Joan Barclay ...
The Girl of the Shrine (as Geraine Greear)
Eve Southern ...
The Girl of the Shrine
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Ruiz - The Usurper
Michael Vavitch ...
The Usurper's First Lieutenant
Charles Stevens ...
The Gaucho's First Lieutenant
Nigel De Brulier ...
The Padre (as Nigel de Brulier)
Albert MacQuarrie ...
Victim of the Black Doom
The Gaucho


A girl is saved by a miracle after she falls from a cliff in the Argentine Andes, and is blessed with healing powers. A shrine is built on the site, and a whole city grows around it, rich with gold from the grateful worshipers. Ruiz, an evil and sadistic general, captures the city, confiscates the gold, and closes the shrine. But the Gaucho, the charismatic leader of a band of outlaws, comes to the rescue. Written by John Oswalt <>

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INTENSELY DRAMATIC STUPENDOUS THRILLS (original print ad- all caps) See more »


Adventure | Romance






Release Date:

30 January 1928 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Douglas Fairbanks as The Gaucho  »

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Dolores del Rio was initially announced to co-star with Douglas Fairbanks, but she turned the part down due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


Edited into The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »

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Vintage Fairbanks, Feisty Velez, Somewhere in Argentina??
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is typical 20's Fairbanks, when he was making his grand epic swashbucklers, with typical over-complicated plots. The character reminds me of the first Zorro, but this guy is harder, and nastier (even after his miraculous reform). Fairbanks was also in his mid-forties when he made it, which explains his fined-down, but still very buff, appearance.

The plot is a mythical Argentina (with a tango thrown in to define the place, but it could take place anywhere, including Zorro's Early California. Fairbanks does wear an exotic costume, though.

Lupe Velez' Mountain Girl is the real departure. She is feisty, for one, and swashes every bit of buckle that Fairbanks does. These sort of characters are usually the one who DOESN'T get her man; here, it is with great satisfaction that she does--a woman ahead of her times!

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