The Gaucho

The Gaucho

Director: F. Richard Jones Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Eve Southern, Lupe Velez
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The Gaucho

Douglas Fairbanks' The Gaucho is a curiosity: a traditional Fairbanks actioner with decidedly unsavory, unpleasant and uncharacteristic overtones. For the first time in his career, Fairbanks plays what would have been a villainous role in anyone else's film: An outlaw leader who exploits religion for his own nefarious purposes. As the unofficial leader of Miracle City, Fairbanks laughs aloud as the faithful flock to the shrine of the Madonna: he knows that, once they've left, he can claim the pitiful alms they've left behind. Eventually, however, Fairbanks experiences a religious conversion, thanks in part to the love of a good woman and in great part to a deus-ex-machina appearance by the Madonna Herself (portrayed, unbilled, by Fairbanks' wife Mary Pickford). A subplot involving leprosy and suicide adds to the overall discomforting tone of the film. Despite its lapses in taste, The Gaucho amassed a fortune for Fairbanks, who in 1928 could do no wrong at the box office. Lupe Velez makes her first major film appearance as a lusty mountain girl.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
UPC: 0738329021528
Original Release: 1927
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

Fairbanks 1916 cult comedy "The Mystery of the Leaping Fish" newly remastered from a pristine 35 mm print; Excerpts from the Original Souvenir Program

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks The Gaucho
Eve Southern Girl of the Shrine. as a Child
Lupe Velez The Mountain Girl
Geraine Greear The Girl of the Shrine
Gustav von Seyffertitz Ruiz, the Usurper
Michael Vavitch Ruiz's 1st Lieutenant
Nigel de Brulier The Padre
Mary Pickford Our Lady of the Shrine
Albert MacQuarrie Victim of the Black Doom
Charles Stevens The Gaucho's 1st Lieutenant

Technical Credits
F. Richard Jones Director
Carl Oscar Borg Art Director
Douglas Fairbanks Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
William Nolan Editor
Lotta Woods Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full-frame Version
0. Chapter Selections
1. Opening Titles [2:37]
2. The Miracle [8:12]
3. The Gaucho [5:24]
4. Two To Tango [9:21]
5. Escapades by Night [6:54]
6. One Man Army [6:32]
7. Before the Shrine [6:34]
8. Ruiz the Usurper [4:16]
9. Court of Appeals [8:21]
10. The Gaucho and the Saint [3:08]
11. The Black Doom [6:38]
12. Divine Intervention [14:10]
13. Taken Prisoner [6:18]
14. The Stampede [3:38]
15. The New Law [3:22]

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