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The Gay Buckaroo (1932)

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Rancher Clint Hale wants to marry Mildred Field, but so does very bad guy gambler Dave Dumont.



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Complete credited cast:
Dave Dumont
Merna Kennedy ...
Mildred Fields
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Hi - Clint's Servant (as Edward Peil)
Lafe McKee ...
Mr. Fields
Charles King ...
'Faro' Parker
Sidney De Gray ...
Uncle Abner
Skeeter Bill Robbins ...
Cowhand 'Skeets' (as Bill Robbins)


Successful horse rancher Clint Hale (Hoot Gibson) is in love with Mildred Field (Merna Kennedy), daughter of gold miner "Sporty Bill" Field (Lafe McKee) who has struck it rich and bought a large cattle ranch. He only plays at being a rancher and leaves the running of the spread in the hands of an unfit foreman and a lazy crew of cowhands. Mildred also has her father's taste for extravagant living and is amused by Clint's courtship but she really admires Dave Dumont (Roy D'Arcy in his best - and only - over-the-top silent films style) who runs the saloon and gambling hall. Clint, humiliated by Dumont, when he gives Mildred a horse, is advised by his wise Chinese man-of-all-work, Hi-Low Jack (Edward Peil), that to win a girl like Mildred, he has to become a "gay buckaroo." Clint goes to Dumont's place to collect some owed-money, intending to spend it on fine and flashy clothes and, after whipping a Dumont henchie and clashing with Dumont, collects the money and discovers he has lost it ... Written by Les Adams <>

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If your girl had no use for a saving man - would you try to change her nature - or spend your last dollar to become a Gay Buckaroo! (original ad) See more »






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A Gibson western . . . but not a hoot!
4 October 2010 | by (long island) – See all my reviews

This early-30's Hoot Gibson western is less a western than it is a gooey, corny romance. I got the impression that some scriptwriter turned in a work that was deemed too silly for a modern-day drama/comedy and instead the company decided to turn it into a "cowboy" story. It's basically about Gibson vying with oily Roy D'Arcy for the attentions of pretty but "spoiled" Merna Kennedy. Gibson's a "regular guy" who can't compete with fancy boy (and incredibly corny actor) D'Arcy until he acquires some money and buys some fancy duds to impress Kennedy. Gibson -- who could be fine as a rootin'-shootin' cowboy -- comes off like a buffoon in this film. Why he would be interested in spoiled wench Kennedy is beyond comprehension . . . she isn't THAT good-looking. Even after 60-something minutes of her nonsense, pouting, and nastiness, Gibson still proclaims "She'd make a swell wife."

There's a few (not good) fistfights, some decent horse-ridin', and a horribly stereotyped Chinese servant who cooks and spouts out wie sayings a la Charlie Chan. And, of course, he doesn't even get to ride a horse; he has to sit on a mule.

"Buckaroo" is quaint, primitive, but not very good.

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