The Lash (1930)

76 mins | Romance | 14 December 1930

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HISTORY

This film's working title was Adiós. Although The Lash was not the first feature film in Vitascope, a widescreen process developed by Warner Bros., according to the LAT review, it was the first complete Vitascope feature to be exhibited in Los Angeles. Various reviews noted that the film was shown in the 65mm Vitascope process only in theaters capable of showing widescreen prints. The Var review noted that the print shown at the film's New Orlean's opening was 35mm. ...

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This film's working title was Adiós. Although The Lash was not the first feature film in Vitascope, a widescreen process developed by Warner Bros., according to the LAT review, it was the first complete Vitascope feature to be exhibited in Los Angeles. Various reviews noted that the film was shown in the 65mm Vitascope process only in theaters capable of showing widescreen prints. The Var review noted that the print shown at the film's New Orlean's opening was 35mm.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Jan 1931
p.13
Los Angeles Times
24 Dec 1930
p. A7
Los Angeles Times
29 Dec 1930
p. A7
New York Times
1 Jan 1931
p. 31
Variety
17 Dec 1930
p. 13
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Adiós
Release Date:
14 December 1930
Premiere Information:
New Orleans opening: 12 Dec 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
28 December 1930
LP1910
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
gauge
65mm
Widescreen/ratio
Vitascope
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
7,169
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Returning from the university in Mexico to California around 1850, Don Francisco Delfino finds his native land in the hands of unscrupulous Americans, his family estate in shambles, and his loved ones living in fear. Anger drives Francisco to stampede a herd of cattle he is delivering to Peter Harkness, the crooked land commissioner, and still obtain his money--thus earning him the name "El Puma." Don Francisco and others start making Robin Hood-type bandit raids, one of which leads to Francisco's rescue by Sheriff David Howard, their subsequent friendship, and David's love for Francisco's sister, Dolores. Finally avenging his father's murder by killing Harkness, Francisco must leave not only California but also his faithful love, Rosita, and his sometime sweetheart, Lupe; however, David gives him a head start, and Rosita promises to meet him in ...

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Returning from the university in Mexico to California around 1850, Don Francisco Delfino finds his native land in the hands of unscrupulous Americans, his family estate in shambles, and his loved ones living in fear. Anger drives Francisco to stampede a herd of cattle he is delivering to Peter Harkness, the crooked land commissioner, and still obtain his money--thus earning him the name "El Puma." Don Francisco and others start making Robin Hood-type bandit raids, one of which leads to Francisco's rescue by Sheriff David Howard, their subsequent friendship, and David's love for Francisco's sister, Dolores. Finally avenging his father's murder by killing Harkness, Francisco must leave not only California but also his faithful love, Rosita, and his sometime sweetheart, Lupe; however, David gives him a head start, and Rosita promises to meet him in Mexico.

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