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In Old Arizona
     

In Old Arizona

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Director: Irving Cummings, Raoul Walsh, Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe

Cast: Irving Cummings, Raoul Walsh, Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe

 

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Irving Cummings' In Old Arizona (1929) (which includes extensive footage shot by Raoul Walsh) has arrived on DVD in unexpectedly good condition from Twentieth Century-Fox. The oldest title in the FoxVideo library -- as of 2005 -- to be given a general release on DVD, the movie seems like something out of another age, which it is. The movie -- which stars Warner

Overview

Irving Cummings' In Old Arizona (1929) (which includes extensive footage shot by Raoul Walsh) has arrived on DVD in unexpectedly good condition from Twentieth Century-Fox. The oldest title in the FoxVideo library -- as of 2005 -- to be given a general release on DVD, the movie seems like something out of another age, which it is. The movie -- which stars Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, and Dorothy Burgess -- is technically a talkie, but it would have worked far better as a silent. The makers were too busy trying to show off the still-novel notion of sound film to move the action along properly; but the picture generally looks very good, despite an occasional scratch, repaired rip, or other blemish; the picture is coming up on 80 years old, after all, so a black vertical scratch or some grain can be forgiven, and when the makers aren't trying to show off the sound, the visuals are superb, and are enhanced by the generally clean, sharp full-screen (1.33-to-1) image. The sound quality is nothing great, but you can generally make out what's being said well enough, despite the age of the audio (which was never as sharp as the image, even when the picture was new), and if one can ignore some technical deficiencies and uneven volume from shot-to-shot, there's something to be seen here of historical significance. The movie has been given a generous 20 chapters, and these -- along with the "play" command -- are accessible from a simple menu that opens automatically on start-up.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0024543172956
Original Release:
1929
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
70,022

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Baxter Cisco Kid
Edmund Lowe Sgt. Mickey Dunn
Dorothy Burgess Tonia Maria
John Farrell MacDonald Tad
Henry Armetta Barber
Fred Warren Piano player
Frank Campeau Cowpuncher
Tom Santschi Cowpuncher
Pat Hartigan Cowpuncher
Roy Stewart Commandant
Soledad Jiminez Cook
Alphonse Ethier Sheriff
Helen Lynch Woman
James Marcus Blacksmith
Duke Martin Cowboy
Frank Nelson Cowboy
Edward Peil Man
Joe E. Brown Bartender
John Webb Dillon Second Soldier
Ivan Linow Russian Immigrant
James Bradbury Actor
Chris-Pin Martin Actor

Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
Raoul Walsh Director
Tom Barry Screenwriter
Lew Brown Songwriter
Buddy G. DeSylva Songwriter
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Ray Henderson Songwriter
Louis Loeffler Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture (My Tonia) [1:26]
2. Main Titles [:43]
3. The Outbound Stage [2:45]
4. The Cisco Kid [5:35]
5. The Army's Problem [5:05]
6. In Plain Sight [3:11]
7. A Shave and Information [3:09]
8. El Conejito [4:23]
9. Tonia Maria [4:32]
10. What All Men Are [3:28]
11. The Bandito's Ballad [6:54]
12. A Message for Mickey [1:08]
13. Family Ties [2:28]
14. Soldier of Fortune [2:37]
15. Rustling the Rustler [2:38]
16. Dunn & the Double-Crosser [2:24]
17. Betrayed [5:18]
18. A Gift of Death [10:14]
19. The Caballero's Way [3:19]
20. Her Flirting Days Are Over [5:02]

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In Old Arizona 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glad to finally see this title on DVD. Being the first talking western it is pretty good and has a fair story line. I originally had it on VHS(very poor copy) and this restored version just blows it away. Well worth the purchase price to add this one to my collection.