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The Arizona Kid
Director: Alfred Santell (Dir)
Release Date:   27 Apr 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: week of 16 May 1930
Duration (in mins):   84
Duration (in feet):   7,902
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Warner Baxter (The Arizona Kid)  
    Mona Maris (Lorita)  
    Carol Lombard (Virginia Hoyt)  
    Theodore von Eltz (Nick Hoyt)  
    Arthur Stone (Snakebit Pete)  
    Soledad Jiménez (Pulga)  
    Walter P. Lewis (Sheriff Andrews)  
    Jack Herrick (The Hoboken Hooker)  
    Wilfred Lucas (His manager)  
    Hank Mann (Bartender Bill)  
    James Gibson (Stagedriver)  
    De Sacia Mooers (Molly)  
    Larry McGrath (Homer Snook)  

Summary: Posing as a wealthy and carefree Mexican miner, The Arizona Kid is loved by many señoritas, including Lorita, while carrying out his mission as bandit-hero. Their romance is interrupted, however, by the arrival of Virginia, an eastern girl accompanied presumably by her brother, Dick (actually her husband). While The Kid falls for the blonde and she makes a play for him, the sheriff becomes suspicious of his absence. Eventually, The Kid's mine, worked in secret, is raided and his two coworkers are killed. With the help of Lorita, The Kid learns that Dick and Virginia are the culprits; after a showdown in which Dick is killed, The Kid escapes with Lorita at his side. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Alfred Santell (Dir)
  Marty Santell (Asst dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Ralph Block (Story, scen and dial)
Photography: Glen MacWilliams (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Paul Weatherwax (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Joseph Wright (Settings)
Costumes: Sophie Wachner (Ward)
Sound: George Leverett (Sd eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp. 12/4/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1257

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si.

Genre: Western
Subjects (Major): Bandits
  Mexican Americans

Note: This film should not be confused with the less famous 1929 J. Charles Davis production of the same name that was directed by Horace B. Carpenter and starred Art Acord (see entry above). An ad in LAT on 3 Jun 1930 contained the following statement, offset above a large advertizement for the Fox picture: “THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED That the Talking Motion Picture ‘The Arizona Kid’ produced by the Fox Film Corporation, Starring Warner Baxter, is not to be confused with a Silent Motion Picture entitled ‘The Arizona Kid’—produced by J. Charles Davis !! . . And now being exhibited in which Art Acord is Featured. The Plots of the Two Productions are entirely dissimilar!”
       This film was planned as a follow up to In Old Arizona (1929), and Ralph Block's original story used the Cisco Kid character from that film and O. Henry's 1907 short story, "The Caballero's Way," on which In Old Arizona had been based. Before production began on the sequel, Fox became aware that they did not own the rights to the Cisco Kid character, and the name was changed to the Arizona Kid. On 10 Apr 1930, just before        he Arizona Kid was released, Fox acquired the "sole and exclusive motion picture rights" to the character, "The Cisco Kid," for a period extending until 12 Jun 1935 in the U.S., and in English-speaking and Berne-Convention countries generally until 5 Jun 1960. 20th Century-Fox later sold these rights. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   18 May 1930   p. 13.
Life   6 Jun 1930   p. 20.
New York Times   17 May 1930   p. 24.
New York Times   25 May 1930   p. 5.
New Yorker   24 May 1930   p. 91.
Time   2 Jun 1930   p. 63.
Variety   21 May 1930   p. 25.

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