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In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed  -  Romance | Western  -  20 January 1929 (USA)
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A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Burgess ...
Tonia Maria


Army Sergeant Mickey Dunn sets out in pursuit of the Cisco Kid, a notorious if kind-hearted and charismatic bandit of the Old West. The Kid spends much of his loot on Tonia, the woman he loves, not realizing that she is being unfaithful to him in his absence. Soon, with her oblivious paramour off plying his trade, Tonia falls in with Dunn, drawn by the allure of a substantial reward for the Kid's capture -- dead or alive. Together, they concoct a plan to ambush and do away with the Cisco Kid once and for all. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <>

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Two Men and a Senorita in a Rodeo of Love See more »


Romance | Western


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20 January 1929 (USA)  »

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In Old Arizona  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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A restored Blu-ray edition of the film was released by 20th Century ox Home Entertainment in 2013. Watching it, one reviewer claims that 'almost certainly" that actor Raoul Walsh can be seen, in scenes shot before his accident, as cowboy on horseback under a big hat in long shots with bluffs in the background. Walsh, as director of an early John Wayne Western two years later, The Big Trail (1930), would utilize the same bluffs. See more »


When Cisco robs the stagecoach, he is wearing an army holster (flap-over), the same type the Sargeant wears. But for the rest of the movie, he wears an open holster. See more »


[last lines]
The Cisco Kid: Her flirting days are over. And she's ready to settle down.
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Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »


My Tonia
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung by Warner Baxter
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wonderful film, the first all talked, and a lot of great talking.
15 September 2008 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

First time I got to know about this film was when I saw "O'Henry's Full House" in 1953. They showed a scene of this film and as I always liked westerns I was impressed by it being written by O'Henry and having as the main character "The Cisco Kid", which was present in so many B westerns from then on. Seeing the film recently I realized it is not really a western, because it lacks its main element: action. But it is a wonderful film, the first that was all talked, and we can say it is all talk. With no problems it could be a theatrical play. It comes from a short story of O'Henry, and in order to make it into a movie they added characters and dialogs, and did quite a good job. Even though Warner Baxter got the Oscar as the Kid, Edmund Lowe is just as good as Mickey Dunn, and as he talks about New York we realize what a fantastic city it must have been (and still is). Dorothy Burgess still carries on the acting of the silent movies and overacts, but is sexy and charismatic. A film not to be missed by those who are interested in the story of Cinema.

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