Raoul Walsh, Irving Cummings

T. it.: Notte di tradimento; Sog.: dal racconto “The Caballero’s Way” di O. Henry; Scen.: Tom Barry; F.: Arthur Edeson; M.: Louis Loeffler; Canzoni: “My Tonia” di Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson; Su.: Edmund H. Hansen; Ass. R.: Archibald Buchanan, Charles Woolstenhulme; Int.: Warner Baxter (The Cisco Kid), Edmund Lowe (serg. Mickey Dunn), Dorothy Burgess (Tonia Maria), John Farrell MacDonald (Tad), Ivan Linow (un immigrato russo), Soledad Jiménez (la cuoca), Fred Warren (il pianista), Henry Armetta (il barbiere), Roy Stewart (il coman- dante), James Bradbury Jr., John Dillon (soldati), Frank Nelson, Duke Martin (cowboy), Joe Brown (il barista), Alphonse Ethier (lo sceriffo), Frank Campeau, Tom Santschi, Pat Hartigan; Prod.: Fox Film Corp 35mm. L.: 2605 m. D.: 95’.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

In Old Arizona was Walsh’s first talkie, a version of O. Henry’s “The Caballero’s Way”, and filmed entirely on location in Zion Country, Utah. Filming began with Walsh himself playing the role of Cisco Kid (with a Pancho Villa moustache and pronounced Spanish accent) and the results were reputedly sensational. But one night he was driving along a bumpy road in the Mojave Desert, when a jackrabbit, “mesmerised by the headlights, jumped and crashed through the windshield. He was rushed to a Salt Lake hospital, where his right eye had to be removed”. Or so the story goes. According to several versions, including that given by his friend, the writer Niven Busch, Walsh’s eye had been hanging out by a nerve and the doctor gave Walsh a bottle of whisky, which he sat calmly drinking in lieu of anaesthetic. (…) During Walsh’s absence from the film, Irving Cummings took over as director, and Warner Baxter was signed to play The Cisco Kid. A great deal of the early footage was still usable and Walsh returned in time to complete the picture.

Julian Fox, Films and Filming, June 1973

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