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In Old Arizona
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Director:
Writers:
O. Henry (story)
Tom Barry (adaptation)
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Release Date:
20 January 1929 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
100% all -talking Fox Movietone Feature See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Early Sound Western! See more (24 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
Film debut of Dorothy Burgess.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
The Cisco Kid:Her flirting days are over. And she's ready to settle down.
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Movie Connections:
Followed by Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Hot Time in the Old TownSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Early Sound Western!, 2 June 2005
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"In Old Arizona" was made in 1928 at a time when sound was still a novelty in films. As such you can see in this film sequences that purely demonstrate sound but add nothing to the story. For example, in the opening scene after the stagecoach leaves, the camera moves to a mariachi band that appears out of nowhere to play a song, and later a scene begins with a quartet warbling a little ditty before moving over to the principle characters.

The story centers on the Cisco Kid (Warner Baxter) who is a likable rogue who robs stagecoaches (but not the passengers) and has a price on his head of $5,000. It seems that everyone knows the kid on sight except the town barber. His girlfriend Tonia Maria (Dorothy Burgess) is an obvious pre-production code prostitute, who "entertains" him when he is not robbing stagecoaches.

The army is asked to do something about all of the robberies. They send Sgt. Mickey Dunn (Edmund Lowe) to investigate. Along the way he meets Tonia Maria who seduces him (off screen of course) and the two plot to capture the Kid and claim the reward. Naturally the Kid uncovers the plot and prepares a surprise for the sergeant and his unfaithful girlfriend.

This film is rather dated when watched today. It is over talkative and has just awful acting in many of the supporting roles, particularly the actor who plays the stagecoach driver. But you have to remember that this was the first year of sound movies. Director Raoul Walsh used outdoor microphones for the first time in a major studio production. You'll notice a few "silent spots" in the out door scenes.

The three leads are OK but the Mexican "accents" of Baxter and Burgess are laughable. Actually as hard to believe as it was, Baxter won the 1929 Academy Award for his role. Walsh was supposed to play the Lowe part but lost an eye in an accident about this time.

J. Farrell MacDonald appears early in the film as an Irish stagecoach passenger.

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