In Old Arizona (1928)

In Old Arizona (1928)




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Warner Baxter, sporting a black mustache and a musical-comedy Mexican accent, stars as the Cisco Kid, the "Robin Hood of the Old West" created by O. Henry. Edmund Lowe co-stars as Cisco's "friendly enemy" Sgt. Mickey Dunne, the role that was originally to have gone to Raoul Walsh. Both men are madly in love with dusky beauty Tonia Maria (Dorothy Burgess), and in fact Cisco is so "far gone" that he composes a song in the girl's honor (actually, "My Tonia", first heard during the opening credits, was written by Fox studio tunesmiths Lew Brown, B.G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson). Alas, Tonia ends up betraying Cisco to Sgt. Burke. But the crafty, cold-blooded Cisco arranges for Tonia to be killed in the trap set for him (this plot resolution is faithful to O. Henry's original conception of the Cisco Kid, who wasn't really meant to be a "good guy"). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western , Romance
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Warner Baxter
as The Cisco Kid
Edmund Lowe
as Srt. Mickey Dunn
Dorothy Burgess
as Tonia Maria
Fred Warren
as Piano player
Henry Armetta
as Barber
Frank Campeau
as Cowpuncher
Tom Santschi
as Cowpuncher
Pat Hartigan
as Cowpuncher
Roy Stewart
as Commandant
Frank Nelson
as Cowboy
Duke Martin
as Cowboy
James Marcus
as Blacksmith
Helen Lynch
as Woman
Ivan Linow
as Russian Immigrant
Joe E. Brown
as Bartender
Lola Salvi
as Italian Girl
John Webb Dillon
as Second Soldier
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Critic Reviews for In Old Arizona

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

[A] distinctly enjoyable offering.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

It's the first outdoor talker and a western, with a climax twist to make the story stand out from the usual hill and dale thesis.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
Top Critic

The first major Western in sound...One can occasionally feel the filmmakers showing off the technology, with close-ups of a crying baby or sizzling ham and eggs. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Groucho Reviews

Famous for being the first major sound western, this picture made progressive use of exterior sound and photography.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
TV Guide

Uneven film with brilliant comedy relief by Edmund Lowe, and lots to interest fans of Raoul Walsh.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Warner Baxter, better known as the dying producer in 42nd Street, won Best Actor Oscar as the Cisco Kid in this primitivee Western, most of which takes place indoorse.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008

Audience Reviews for In Old Arizona


Notable for being the first western with sound, and the first talkie filmed outdoors, but despite its originality it's boring and laughably acted (by today's standards, anyway).

Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson

Above the meandering plot, outrageous accents and stereotypical Latinas, Warner Baxter's Cisco Kid shines brilliantly in this daring little movie.

Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown

Lost in the annals of history is this early film that doesn't stretch the use of film making. The westerns that followed easily make this one forgettable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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