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The Cavalier
Director: Irvin Willat (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Nov 1928
Duration (in mins):   69
Duration (in feet):   6,775
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Richard Talmadge (El Caballero/Taki)  
    Barbara Bedford (Lucia D'Arquista)  
    Nora Cecil (Lucía's aunt)  
    David Torrence (Ramon Torreno)  
    David Mir (Carlos Torreno)  
    Stuart Holmes (Sgt. Juan Dinero)  
    Christian Frank (Pierre Gaston)  
    Oliver Eckhardt (The Padre)  

Summary: El Caballero, a mysterious knight-errant--beloved by the poor, hated by the rich, and feared by the haughty--disguises himself as Taki, an Aztec servant, and rescues Lucía, a Spanish girl of noble birth, from an unhappy marriage with the son of a wealthy Californian. El Caballero, actually a Spanish don, marries Lucía and returns to Spain with her. 

Production Company: Tiffany-Stahl Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Tiffany-Stahl Productions, Inc.  
Director: Irvin Willat (Dir)
Writer: Victor Irvin (Scen)
  Walter Anthony (Titles)
Photography: Jack Stevens (Dir of photog)
  Harry Cooper (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Doane Harrison (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Eugene McMurtrie (Set dec)
Music: Hugo Riesenfeld (Mus score)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "My Cavalier," music by Hugo Riesenfeld, lyrics by R. Meredith Willson.
Composer: Hugo Riesenfeld
  R. Meredith Willson
Source Text: Based on the short story "The Black Rider" by Max Brand in Western Story (3 Jan 1925).
Authors: Max Brand

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Tiffany-Stahl Productions, Inc. 15/6/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25389

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Sd eff by Photophone

Genre: Adventure
Subjects (Major): Aztec Indians
  California--History--To 1846

Note:        The name of scenarist Victor Irvin is a pseudonym for director Irvin Willat. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   4 Nov 1928.   
New York Times   31 Oct 28   p. 28.
Variety   7 Nov 28   p. 15.

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