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Under a Texas Moon (1930)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 1 April 1930 (USA)
A cowboy arrives in a small town and winds up trying to help a local rancher stop a gang of cattle thieves while romancing a pretty young girl.


Michael Curtiz


Stewart Edward White (novel), Gordon Rigby (scenario)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Fay ... Don Carlos
Raquel Torres ... Raquella
Myrna Loy ... Lolita Romero
Armida ... Dolores
Noah Beery ... Jed Parker
George E. Stone ... Pedro (as Georgie Stone)
George Cooper ... Philipe
Fred Kohler ... Bad Man
Betty Boyd ... Girl
Charles Sellon ... José Romero
Jack Curtis ... Buck Johnson
Sam Appel ... Pancho Gonzalez
Tully Marshall ... Gus Aldrich
Mona Maris ... Lolita Roberto
Francisco Marán Francisco Marán ... Antonio


Don Carlos (Frank Fay) ,posing as a Mexican Vaquero/Bandito, crosses the border into a small Texas town and soon finds himself on the side of the law while trying to help a local cattle rancher in his fight against cattle rustlers, which does not hinder his multiple romantic activities. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You'll Vote This the Finest Entertainment you have ever seen! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - July 22, 1930) See more »



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The film sparked protest in New York City, as the Latinos of the 1930s felt insulted by its depiction of Mexicans as liars and womanizers. The New York City police attacked the protesters and killed protest leader Gonzalo González. See more »


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Under a Texas Moon (1930)
4 September 2006 | by Hamilton1781See all my reviews

You always hear critics complaining about how bad modern movies have become. They will lament the coming of every latest big-budget Hollywood product. But when they start talking about the classics and the fact that older films had so much more merit, they should be required to sit through Michael Curtiz's 'Under a Texas Moon', a film from 1930 that proves there were always big-budget Hollywood stinkers.

Though the movie looks great in its restored Technicolor condition, that's probably the only positive aspect I can recommend. Frank Fay is one of the most smug and repugnant screen presences I have ever witnessed. His exaggerated accent and constant mugging become repulsive as the movie goes on. I was not surprised to learn that this Vaudeville comedian's film career never took off (The fact that this man was married to Barbara Stanwyck is not a wholesome thought.) Fay plays a wrangler who comes to a village to help capture some cowboys who've wrastled a local farmer's cattle. He romances women along the way (including a young Mirna Loy), complete with guitar playing mariachis. The ending has a twist that is unsatisfying and defies common sense. Much of the editing is incoherent, and there is at least one scene involving a bathing beauty that makes absolutely no sense. The comedy is corny and shameless, even for 1930.

Thankfully, this a fairly obscure film in Curtiz's filmography. Am I glad I saw it? Perhaps, but it is only a confirmation that useless Hollywood drivel has always been around.

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Release Date:

1 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under a Texas Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Canyon, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)


Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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