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Arizona (1931)

Bob refuses to marry his girlfriend and leaves her. She marries his close friend out of revenge.


George B. Seitz


Robert Riskin (adaptation), Augustus Thomas (play) (as Augustus E. Thomas)




Complete credited cast:
Laura La Plante ... Evelyn Palmer Bonham
John Wayne ... Lt. Bob Denton
June Clyde ... Bonita 'Bonnie' Palmer
Forrest Stanley ... Colonel Frank Bonham
Nina Quartero ... Conchita (as Nena Quartaro)


While at West Point Denton rebuffs Evelyn Palmer who shows up later as the wife of his commanding officer in Arizona. When he takes a shine to her sister Bonita, Evelyn accuses him of making illicit advances toward her while the Colonel's away. The Colonel asks for Denton's resignation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The film is known as "MEN ARE LIKE THAT" when it was shown (and advertised) in major, first-run release in New York City, yet somehow it is re titled "ARIZONA" almost immediately afterward. (New York Sun, 14 August 1931) See more »


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"All right, Bob. 'Quits' it is,"
6 April 2007 | by keesha45See all my reviews

Early in his career, when the Duke worked at Columbia Pictures, Harry Cohn tried him out in this romantic vehicle, for which he received second billing to Laura LaPlante, who plays a scorned Evelyn eventually getting her chance to make Bob pay for calling it quits. This mostly forgotten flick, not even listed in many film catalogs under Wayne's name, is best left that way, forgotten and unlisted. Still, as one of the first films that gave him significant billing, he holds his own against his equally forgettable cast mates. As a romantic actor, he fails to impress in his clinches with either of his lovers. It's obvious he had a long way to go to become a good actor although he never turned into a great one like the Gables and Stewarts and others then starting their careers. It's still of interest to watch the old football game and the cavalry drills in this picture, so it's not without its merits. Just don't expect much and you won't be disappointed. I'd recommend if for fans of the Duke, just to see how green he was back then. And the girls are pretty and the guys look nice in uniforms, so there are worse ways to pass an hour or so. Dale Roloff

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Release Date:

27 June 1931 (USA) See more »

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Men Are Like That See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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