The Arizona Kid (1930)

84 mins | Western | 27 April 1930

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writer:

Ralph Block

Cinematographer:

Glen MacWilliams

Editor:

Paul Weatherwax

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

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). 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.
       The 12 Mar 1930 FD announced that The Arizona Kid was currently being filmed in Salt Lake City, ... More Less

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). 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.
       The 12 Mar 1930 FD announced that The Arizona Kid was currently being filmed in Salt Lake City, UT. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Mar 1930
p. 12.
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.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story, scen and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
COSTUMES
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 April 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 16 May 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 April 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1257
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in feet):
7,902
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

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 ... +


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. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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