In Old Arizona

1928

Western

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 56%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 35%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1055

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Good for a 1929 talkie, but today it just creaks with old age.

Wow, does this film creak with age--as did most of the award-winning films of the late 1920s (such as Broadway MELODY OF 1926 and COQUETTE)! While it won the Best Actor Oscar for Warner Baxter, today it seems very antiquated and his performance seems very broad and, at times, silly. Now I can't blame this all on Baxter, as overacting was still rampant in talking films--and the studios demanded it. The subtleties and realism that would be standard in the 1930s just weren't seen in the early talkies. Baxter play the Cisco Kid was painful at times because the character seemed even less realistic than Charlie Chan!! However, I think most of the problem was the direction, as Baxter was able to credibly play Latinos, as his ROBIN HOOD OF EL DORADO (1936) was an exceptional performance--playing a guy much like the Cisco Kid. And, in THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND, Baxter was spectacular--showing he really was a capable actor.

Another problem with this odd award-winning film is that although it is an adventure film and has many outdoor scenes, most of the film is static and set indoors. There are just too many scenes filmed inside a studio and it shows. In particular, his scenes with his lady love dominate almost the entire second half of the film and really slow down the film to a crawl. It also didn't help that Dorothy Burgess (as 'Tonia Maria') was a terrible actress who way overplayed all her scenes--far more than Baxter did in the film.

There are a few things of interest in the film. Being a Pre-Code film, there is some cursing in the film that might surprise viewers. In addition, the way the film ends is really cool---and something they probably wouldn't have allowed in the post-Code world. The Kid just doesn't act as heroic as a post-1934 hero did!! See for yourself to find out what I mean.

So, if you want to see a better Cisco Kid film, see one of the later ones. I cannot find a copy of the 1931 CISCO KID (also starring Baxter) but have seen and enjoyed the Cesar Romero versions of the Cisco Kid and know that the films can be great fun. IN OLD ARIZONA, unfortunately, isn't all that much fun--it's more just a curio for film historians. Interesting but not all that good. It still gets a 7 because for this era, it's a good film--just don't compare it to films made just a year or two later, as the quality and production values improved tremendously in the interim.

By the way, the DVD has absolutely no extras whatsoever! I would have loved a featurette on the series--information on the Romero or Gilbert Roland or Duncan Ronaldo versions of the Cisco Kid.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 6 / 10

Old West goes a-riding

While Western, which 'In Old Arizona' is classified under when it comes to genres, is not my favourite genre in film (mystery, thriller and animation are the personal favourites, and also love musicals). There are though many Western classics, naming them though here will be unfair however, there are several Western icons in cinema (John Wayne being one of the best kown) and have always appreciated the genre. Am not really biased towards or against any film genre really.

'In Old Arizona' is most notable for two things. One being that it is the first talkie Western. The other being that the film's star Warner Baxter received the second Best Actor Academy Award in the awards' history, following on from Emil Jannings in 'The Last Command'. So of course there was interest as to how 'In Old Arizona' would hold up and also if Baxter was deserving of the Oscar. Seeing the film, it is an interesting and quite enjoyable film, but it does show its age and there are better Westerns about. The main reason to see it is historical interest, but of course that's not the only reason.

The film still looks pretty good and doesn't have too much of a primitive look. The big budget for the time shows in the handsomely produced sets and the photography is stylish. There is some witty scripting and the story engages enough, with some rousing action and charming moments.

Also spirited performances from Baxter and Dorothy Burgess (seldom better), Baxter's Oscar win didn't strike me as an undeserving one. While not being one of the ones that sticks in the mind unforgettably.

Pacing though could have been much tighter, as some of it is somewhat static and causes the story to creak. Some other parts of the script are rather awkward and doesn't have the zest that the dialogue for the two leads have. The editing could have done with more tautness.

Likewise with the direction. The supporting performances to me were not as good as the leads, some exaggerated acting going on from particularly Edmund Lowe.

Concluding, worth the look if not an essential. 6/10

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10

This Caballero Is Worth $5000.00 On The Hoof

In Old Arizona made for Fox Films in 1928 has the distinction of being the first all sound film and by dint of that the first all sound western. Warner Baxter won the second Academy Award given out for Best Actor and In Old Arizona bringing to the screen that legendary Robin Hood of the West, The Cisco Kid.

This version of Cisco is a whole lot different than the show I remember as a lad. Duncan Renaldo was a gentlemen, a caballero in the full meaning of the word, ever ready to help anyone in distress. He was a Latino version of Hopalong Cassidy and Cisco and Hoppy had a revival of popularity in the early television days.

But both of those characters were far from what Clarence Mulford and William Sydney Porter wrote. Hoppy was a tobacco chewing rather profane cuss who worked on the Bar 20 ranch, not the kid's role model William Boyd made him. Similarly the Cisco Kid was a charming fellow even for a bandit. But he was a most unapologetic man about his profession.

For this film Baxter's Cisco is cleaned up somewhat, still though he exacts a terrible, but quite just vengeance for betrayal, something Duncan Renaldo never would have done.

Today with political correctness, a man like Warner Baxter never would have been cast as the Cisco Kid, let alone win an Oscar for the role. But Baxter went on to do Cisco in four more films before folks like Cesar Romero, Gilbert Roland and Duncan Renaldo took the character over. There's a reason for this, Warner Baxter did a superb job in the part. Though his accent is obviously fake, he in no way demeans Latinos with his portrayal.

Dorothy Burgess is Cisco's best girl, I say best because she's far from the only one. She's a girl with big ambitions though and a bandit's moll even for a guy as handsome and charming as Warner Baxter has its limits.

Cisco's reeking so much havoc in that country on the American side of the Rio Grande that the army has gotten into the act. With war with Spain imminent, Sergeant Edmund Lowe's been given an order, get Cisco dead or alive.

Lowe essentially brings his Sergeant Quirt persona to the part of New York born sergeant Mickey Dunn. He's about an inch too sure of himself and he too thinks he's best with the ladies.

In Old Arizona also got nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and it goes without saying Best Sound. Though it's ancient now, a lot of people thought the sound of those ham and eggs cooking on the stove for Cisco in Burgess's cabin was considered revolutionary in 1928.

I recommend it highly especially for the ending. As another Latino icon was fond of saying, someone had a lot of explaining to do.

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