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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:
This Caballero Is Worth $5000.00 On The Hoof 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)

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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first talkie shot outdoors.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:
Referenced in You're My Everything (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
My ToniaSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
This Caballero Is Worth $5000.00 On The Hoof, 14 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In Old Arizona made for Fox Films in 1928 has the distinction of being the first all sound film and by dint of that the first all sound western. Warner Baxter won the second Academy Award given out for Best Actor and In Old Arizona bringing to the screen that legendary Robin Hood of the West, The Cisco Kid.

This version of Cisco is a whole lot different than the show I remember as a lad. Duncan Renaldo was a gentlemen, a caballero in the full meaning of the word, ever ready to help anyone in distress. He was a Latino version of Hopalong Cassidy and Cisco and Hoppy had a revival of popularity in the early television days.

But both of those characters were far from what Clarence Mulford and William Sydney Porter wrote. Hoppy was a tobacco chewing rather profane cuss who worked on the Bar 20 ranch, not the kid's role model William Boyd made him. Similarly the Cisco Kid was a charming fellow even for a bandit. But he was a most unapologetic man about his profession.

For this film Baxter's Cisco is cleaned up somewhat, still though he exacts a terrible, but quite just vengeance for betrayal, something Duncan Renaldo never would have done.

Today with political correctness, a man like Warner Baxter never would have been cast as the Cisco Kid, let alone win an Oscar for the role. But Baxter went on to do Cisco in four more films before folks like Cesar Romero, Gilbert Roland and Duncan Renaldo took the character over. There's a reason for this, Warner Baxter did a superb job in the part. Though his accent is obviously fake, he in no way demeans Latinos with his portrayal.

Dorothy Burgess is Cisco's best girl, I say best because she's far from the only one. She's a girl with big ambitions though and a bandit's moll even for a guy as handsome and charming as Warner Baxter has its limits.

Cisco's reeking so much havoc in that country on the American side of the Rio Grande that the army has gotten into the act. With war with Spain imminent, Sergeant Edmund Lowe's been given an order, get Cisco dead or alive.

Lowe essentially brings his Sergeant Quirt persona to the part of New York born sergeant Mickey Dunn. He's about an inch too sure of himself and he too thinks he's best with the ladies.

In Old Arizona also got nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and it goes without saying Best Sound. Though it's ancient now, a lot of people thought the sound of those ham and eggs cooking on the stove for Cisco in Burgess's cabin was considered revolutionary in 1928.

I recommend it highly especially for the ending. As another Latino icon was fond of saying, someone had a lot of explaining to do.

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