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Release Date:
20 January 1929 (USA) See more »
100% all -talking Fox Movietone Feature See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
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More of a morality play rather than a western -but not all moral See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warner Baxter ... The Cisco Kid

Edmund Lowe ... Sergeant Mickey Dunn
Dorothy Burgess ... Tonia Maria
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Armetta ... Barber (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Joe Brown ... Bartender (uncredited)
Frank Campeau ... Man Chasing Cisco (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Second Soldier (uncredited)
Alphonse Ethier ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pat Hartigan ... Cowpuncher (uncredited)
Soledad Jiménez ... Tonita the Cook (uncredited)
Ivan Linow ... Russian Immigrant (uncredited)
Tom London ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)

Helen Lynch ... Stagecoach Passenger (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... Blacksmith Pop Higgins (uncredited)
Duke Martin ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Frank Nelson ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Joe - Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)
Bob Roper ... Blacksmith's Assistant (uncredited)
Lola Salvi ... Italian Girl (uncredited)
Tom Santschi ... Cowpuncher (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Tom Smith ... Guard Atop Stage (uncredited)
Roy Stewart ... Commandant (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Soldier (uncredited)
Blackjack Ward ... Horse Wrangler (uncredited)
Fred Warren ... Piano Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Cummings 
Writing credits
O. Henry (story "The Caballero's Way")

Tom Barry (adaptation)

Tom Barry (dialogue)

Paul Girard Smith  uncredited

Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Archibald Buchanan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Woolstenhulme .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edmund H. Hansen .... sound (as Edmund Hansen)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fox .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

The first all-talking, sound-on-film feature.See more »
Continuity: 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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Referenced in Laggies (2014)See more »
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More of a morality play rather than a western -but not all moral, 19 November 2007
Author: tpea1 from United States

I have heard so much about In Old Arizona that I truly was anticipating a genuine 'western' experience since this was a Fox film . I know the production values and story lines in their silents were always entertaining . I kept waiting for a western but it never came .

One has to be able to be able to imagine the newness of sound to comprehend the audience reaction to this film at its release . The frying bacon scene has been recounted in several different publications . The newness of sound was evident throughout the picture with songs , continual dialogue (sometimes very inane ) , sound effects ,etc. The film tried to overload the senses of the viewers with sound that seemed to come in waves to awe the viewers.

The direction receiving an Academy nomination escapes me completely . It appeared the director knew it was sound , but used tried and true 'silent ' techniques . The constant smiling , grinning and bon vivant attitude of Baxter was reminiscent of second tier silent western stars ala Buddy Roosevely , Wally Wales ,Bill Cody , Bob Custer et al. They all used this carefree , devil-may care attitude constantly .

Probably the most noticeable 'throwback ' methods were the exchange between Baxter and Burgess at the end . Both had a double meaning for their phrases which could have translated into a very delightful scene . However both of them resorted to 'silent' facial expressions that let the audience in on the meaning , but not the other character . Cummings showed his lack of knowledge and faith in sound as well as subtlety in expressions , but it understandable given his background and the newness of sound.

Baxter handled himself very well , yet you wonder if the Oscar was for the sound element tied to his performance rather than the strength of his acting alone . He always did a creditable job in any picture . Burgess is another story . Her attempt to portray herself as a Hispanic vamp left a lot to be desired . Still you cannot help but see the definite ' borrowing ' for Pearl Chavez in Duel in the Sun . There is no mistaking the copy that Jones used .

Finally , the O. Henry ending for the film was a little different . You reap what you sow is very prevalent in Edmund Lowe and Burgess . They sowed deceit and reaped their just desserts . However , Baxter just goes on his outlaw ways with no consequences . He admits it will come one day for him, but we don't see it . So there is morality and amorality . Where there is no dialogue , I was fascinated how some outdoor scenes took on a John Ford Monument Valley look .

The scene where Burgess goes into the saloon to meet Lowe is priceless . She walks in and she and a customer start exchanging ' let's do business ' glances . Then she meets Lowe and begins to condemn the women who work there and castigates Lowe for comparing her to them . Her self-righteous air is her best piece of acting in the entire movie.

You knew this was precode with some of the dialogue . When Baxter tells Lowe he is known as " Conejito " , Lowe 's line asking ' is he that fast' is priceless . The allusions abound .

Still this is well worth the time to view . First for the historical as to the use of sound . Then there is the introduction of the Cisco Kid . You have to have this film to trace the evolution of the character in film . When Baxter was talking about Yaqui being his best friend , you almost expected a pan to Pancho based upon preconditioning to the pair .

The morality and the love triangle dominate this film . There is no issue to be resolved as none ever existed . You have a story of 3 people - interesting , but slow moving and slower developing . Glad I own it and watched it

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