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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 »
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IN OLD ARIZONA (Raoul Walsh and Irving Cummings, 1928) **1/2 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)

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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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IN OLD ARIZONA (Raoul Walsh and Irving Cummings, 1928) **1/2, 15 July 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Despite the desert setting and saloons and the presence of a Mexican bandit, cavalry officers and senoritas, this is really an exotic romantic drama (based on a story by the renowned O. Henry) as opposed to a straight Western. Being an early Talkie, it's obviously creaky – with very dated acting – but retains plenty of interest for the non-casual film-buff even after all these years: for one thing, it basically served as a template for the myriad Westerns that followed involving the exploits of some famous bandit or other (beginning with King Vidor's BILLY THE KID [1930]); besides, the flirtatious character of Dorothy Burgess may well have inspired Linda Darnell's Chihuahua in John Ford's classic MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) nearly twenty years later!

Warner Baxter was a popular star of the era who has been largely neglected over the years; his Oscar-winning performance here isn't bad, but seems hardly outstanding at this juncture – his talent is more readily evident, in fact, in such later films as 42ND STREET (1933) and John Ford's THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND (1936). The same can be said of Edmund Lowe: if he's at all remembered today, it's for his "Quirt & Flagg" series of war films with Victor McLaglen (three of them helmed by this film's original director, Raoul Walsh), the Bela Lugosi vehicle CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932; in the title role), and the noir-ish gangster drama DILLINGER (1945). While his character curiously speaks in modern i.e. 1920s slang, he interacts well with both Baxter and Burgess – especially effective is the scene where he comes face to face with Baxter's Cisco Kid at a barber shop and, ignorant of the latter's identity, lets him slip away.

The film features a couple of songs (one of them, by the famed songwriting trio of DeSylva-Brown-Henderson, is heard several times throughout and even serves as an Overture to the feature proper) and archaic comedy relief by a number of minor characters – notably Burgess' long-suffering elderly maid. There's far more talk than action here, but the twist ending (subsequently much copied) is remarkable – if anything, because it's unexpectedly pitiless for a film of its era! Incidentally, the lead role was to have been played by Raoul Walsh himself but he was injured (eventually losing an eye) in a driving accident; Irving Cummings replaced him behind the cameras (and, oddly enough, alone received the Best Director nomination, despite Walsh's name still appearing in the credits)!

P.S. Baxter, Lowe and director Cummings were re-united shortly after for a sequel – THE CISCO KID (1930); one wonders whether copies of the film still exist as, ideally, it should have been paired with the original on the bare-bones Fox DVD...

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