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The Gaucho (1927)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 30 January 1928 (Finland)
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 Girl of the Shrine (as Geraine Greear)
The Girl of the Shrine
Ruiz - The Usurper
Michael Vavitch ...
The Usurper's First Lieutenant
The Gaucho's First Lieutenant
The Padre (as Nigel de Brulier)
Albert MacQuarrie ...
Victim of the Black Doom


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 <jao@jao.com>

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A glorious tale of gay adventure and romantic daring on the wild plains of South America! See more »


Adventure | Romance






Release Date:

30 January 1928 (Finland)  »

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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 »


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Vintage Fairbanks, Feisty Velez, Somewhere in Argentina??
23 October 2005 | by 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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