4 user

The Gentleman from Arizona (1939)

Approved | | Action, Music, Western | 25 December 1939 (USA)
Advertised as the first movie shot entirely in Arizona, which it wasn't (the first movie shot in Arizona, that is) by several country miles and years, and featuring Arizonians such as ... See full summary »



(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay)


Cast overview:
Ruth Reece ...
Juanita Coburn
Wild Bill Coburn
Pokey Sanders (as John King)
Georgia Coburn
'Van' Van Wyck
Doc Pardee ...
Doc Pardee - Announcer
Ross Santee ...
Ross (Ranch Guest)
Adrianna Galvez ...
Senorita Adrianna
Johnnie Morris ...
Pee Wee (as John Morris)
Sherry Hall ...
The Gimp
Buck the Dog
Golden Westerners ...
Rex Jr. ...
Sky Rex


Advertised as the first movie shot entirely in Arizona, which it wasn't (the first movie shot in Arizona, that is) by several country miles and years, and featuring Arizonians such as ten-year-old Ruth Reece, a singer on radio station KOY, and Doc Pardee, a horse trainer who also had the reputation as the fastest talking rodeo announcer in the profession, the story takes place on the Coburn Ranch (played by the real Gillespie Ranch in southern Arizona), a cattle empire that stretches over many thousand of acres, but has fallen on hard times because the owner, "Wild Bill" Coburn, owes the government $80,000 in back taxes. Coburn sees two solutions to the problem; one is for his thoroughbred, Sky Lancer, to win the Arizona Derby, and the other is to have his daughter Georgia marry the wealthy "Van" Van Wyck, whose horse, "The Gem" is Sky Lancer's only rival for the derby purse. Roving cowhands Pokey and Pee Wee arrive at the ranch and are given jobs because Pokey is the only man who can... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


...north of the border down Arizona way! (original poster) See more »


Action | Music | Western


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arizona Thoroughbred  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Leading lady Joan Barclay drives a 1938 Buick four-door convertible throughout the film. See more »


Call of the Range
Written by Milton Rosen and Everett Carter
Sung by John 'Dusty' King (as John King)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A classic western movie.
29 August 2000 | by (Westminster, Ca) – See all my reviews

I have known about this movie all my life but had never seen it until recently. It is a classic western story; good cowboy vs bad Easterner, good looking cowboy trying to get beautiful girl, desperate rancher trying to save the ranch, innocent little girl trying to stay with her animal friends, and last, but not least, the beautiful stallion who wins the big race and thereby makes everything else happen.

In the end, the ranch is saved, the cowboy gets the girl, the bad guy is defeated and goes away, and the stallion returns to the wild where he whinnies his thanks while silhouetted against an Arizona evening sky before disappearing over the hill. Cowboy, beautiful girl and charming little girl smile and wave goodbye.

More than just a old movie, this film is a time capsule that gives us a glimpse back to another time and a way of life that we would know nothing of otherwise.

Thank you Earl J Haley...

Tom Chick

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Gentleman from Arizona (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: