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The Gay Buckaroo (1931)

Passed | | Western | 17 January 1932 (USA)
Rancher Clint Hale wants to marry Mildred Field, but so does very bad guy gambler Dave Dumont.


Phil Rosen


Lee R. Brown (story), Philip Graham White (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Hoot Gibson ... Clint Hale
Roy D'Arcy ... 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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Saturday 25 February 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Boston Monday 28 August 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »


Hi - Clint's Servant: As long as the world is round, nothing is on the level.
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The Admirable Gibson
6 August 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

the star of this movie isn't William Haines. Hoot Gibson is a hard-working rancher head over heels in love with Merna Kennedy. However, gambler Roy D'Arcy is a thorough bad 'un, who threatens Hoot, cheats at cards, steals horses and ultimately shoots easy-going Charles King in the back and frames Hoot for it.

This B western starts out very well, with Gibson being awed by Miss Kennedy. However, the movie takes a turn and he shows up dressed like someone out of a Wild West Show, beats D'Arcy's crooked game and puts Miss Kennedy and her father, Lafe McKee unwillingly to work, like a western Admirable Crichton. Through it all, Hoot plays the easy-going cowpoke who's smarter than he looks, and there are some very nice stunt sequences.

Edward Pell Sr. plays Hoot's oriental house man, spouting oriental aphorisms and out-cheating King at cards. This will undoubtedly make modern viewers uncomfortable. In addition, the ending is very rushed to bring the movie in under 70 minutes. Until then, however, it is a fine sound B for Hoot Gibson fans.

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Release Date:

17 January 1932 (USA) See more »

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M.H. Hoffman Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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