Lasca of the Rio Grande (1931)

65 mins | Western | 27 October 1931

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HISTORY

A modern source includes Chris-Pin Martin, Tom London, John Ince and Jim Corey in the cast. Frank Deprez' poem was also the basis of the 1919 Universal film Lasca , directed by Norman Dawn and starring Frank Mayo and Edith Roberts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 , ... More Less

A modern source includes Chris-Pin Martin, Tom London, John Ince and Jim Corey in the cast. Frank Deprez' poem was also the basis of the 1919 Universal film Lasca , directed by Norman Dawn and starring Frank Mayo and Edith Roberts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 , F1.2402). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 Dec 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jul 31
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President; An Edward Laemmle Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Dialogue
Dialogue
Story
Scen supv
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
SOUND
Rec supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the poem "Lasca" by Frank Deprez (publication undetermined).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Down by the Silvery Rio Grande," words by Dave Weisberg and Robert F. Roden, music by Charles Speidel.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 October 1931
Production Date:
20 May--8 June 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 October 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2542
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,460
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At her Rio Grande gambling house, sensuous dancer and proprietress Lasca flirts with Jose Santa Cruz, a wealthy, half Portuguese, half-Indian ranch owner. Jose gives Lasca a ring from his finger that she has admired, but he warns her that she will "die nine lives if she is unfaithful to him." Disappointed when Jose becomes preoccupied with a card game, she dances with Texas Ranger Miles Kincaid, who is passing through on his way to a ranger station in Los Hermanos. After the jealous Jose and Miles trade barbs, Lasca is accosted by a drunken saloon patron outside. They struggle and Lasca flees after fatally stabbing the man. Miles, told of an altercation, shoots at the escaping killer on horseback, realizing it is Lasca only after superficially wounding her. After a doctor tends her wound, Miles tells Lasca he must uphold the law and arrest her for murder. As they camp that night on the way to Los Hermanos, Miles falls in love with her. The next morning he decides to set her free, asking for her word of honor that she stay on the other side of the Rio Grande and not see Jose again. She promises, reluctantly, and then departs. At the ranger station in Los Hermanos, Captain Jim Hansen orders Miles arrested for releasing his prisoner. During his three-month imprisonment, his friends, "Crabapple" Thompson and Jehosophat Smith, inform him that Lasca has reneged on her word, and they help him escape. At Jose's hacienda, Miles abducts Lasca, who tries to explain that she does not love Jose, but was forced by him to return. Captured by Jose's men, ... +


At her Rio Grande gambling house, sensuous dancer and proprietress Lasca flirts with Jose Santa Cruz, a wealthy, half Portuguese, half-Indian ranch owner. Jose gives Lasca a ring from his finger that she has admired, but he warns her that she will "die nine lives if she is unfaithful to him." Disappointed when Jose becomes preoccupied with a card game, she dances with Texas Ranger Miles Kincaid, who is passing through on his way to a ranger station in Los Hermanos. After the jealous Jose and Miles trade barbs, Lasca is accosted by a drunken saloon patron outside. They struggle and Lasca flees after fatally stabbing the man. Miles, told of an altercation, shoots at the escaping killer on horseback, realizing it is Lasca only after superficially wounding her. After a doctor tends her wound, Miles tells Lasca he must uphold the law and arrest her for murder. As they camp that night on the way to Los Hermanos, Miles falls in love with her. The next morning he decides to set her free, asking for her word of honor that she stay on the other side of the Rio Grande and not see Jose again. She promises, reluctantly, and then departs. At the ranger station in Los Hermanos, Captain Jim Hansen orders Miles arrested for releasing his prisoner. During his three-month imprisonment, his friends, "Crabapple" Thompson and Jehosophat Smith, inform him that Lasca has reneged on her word, and they help him escape. At Jose's hacienda, Miles abducts Lasca, who tries to explain that she does not love Jose, but was forced by him to return. Captured by Jose's men, Miles is confined, while Lasca is told by Jose he will marry her the next day, not for her love, but because his "hacienda needs a mistress...and Lasca needs a master." After Jose informs her that he will also kill Miles the next morning, Lasca plots his escape, unaware that Jose is outside eavesdropping. She tells Miles she loves him and tosses Jose's ring out the window, where it lands at Jose's feet. Convinced of her sincerity, Miles embraces Lasca, fretfully realizing he cannot take her across the border. In her room, Lasca prays for Miles's safety, then observes Jose's men chasing him as he flees. Miles is struck by a bullet in the chase and Lasca tries to reach him before he collapses from his wound. A lightning bolt from an approaching storm causes the cattle to stampede across the path of Miles and Lasca. As he falls to the ground, Lasca covers his body with her own to protect him from the rushing herd. Made repentant by the heroic death of Lasca, Jose orders his men to carry the injured ranger to the United States, with a message to the rangers that he is being delivered "with the compliments of Lasca of the Rio Grande." +

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