In Old Arizona (1928) Review

In Old Arizona (1928) Director: Irving Cummings

★★★☆☆

Nominated for Best Picture, In Old Arizona was based on the story “Caballero’s Way” by O. Henry. It was technically first “talkie” western film. Its many filming locations included Zion National Park in Utah, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and the Mojave Desert. The sound quality in the film is poor at best, however there are several beautiful scenes of the old expansive desert. It is a notable film mainly for what it represents rather than its own merits.

It tells the story of the Cisco Kid, a desert robber, and Sergeant Dunn as he endeavors to find the bandit. The Cisco Kid double crosses the woman he loves and orchestrates events that will lead to her death in the end. Curiously, the Cisco Kid escapes and the film ends with his lover’s death. There are several notable scenes of the “singing cowboy.”

Raoul Walsh was set to star in the film however he experienced a car accident when a jackrabbit jumped through his windshield and cost him an eye. His acting career slowed after this incident and he wore an eye patch from then onward.

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