Border Romance (May 25, 1929)
Released on May 25, 1929: Three U.S. cowboys find murder, comedy, romance and adventure in a Mexican Cantina.
Produced by Lester F. Scott Jr.
Directed by Richard Thorp
Written by Jack Natteford
The Actors: Armida (Conchita Cortez), Don Terry (Bob Hamlin), Marjorie Kane (Nina), Victor Potel (Slim), Wesley Barry (Victor Hamlin), Nita Martan (Gloria), J. Frank Glendon (Buck), Harry von Meter (Police Captain), Willy Castello (Police Lieutenant), Chuck Baldra (horse rustler), Fred Burns (horse rustler), Joe De La Cruz (townsman), Joe Dominguez (Rurale / dancer), Jim Mason (horse rustler)
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Formula Cowboy Western . . . NOT!
If you are a fan of old movies like I am you have seen many, many cowboy westerns, and you know the 'formula' for a good western adventure . . . . You team a handsome cowboy with the smartest horse in the world, a sidekick that is just a half-sandwich short of a picnic, a pretty but helpless girl who needs saved from the black-hat wearing villain . . . Sometimes they will toss in a cowboy song or two by the ranch hands sitting around a camp fire and you have an exciting hour of adventure and escape from your everyday world. That formula has worked for a hundred years of motion pictures and still works today. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on what you expect . . . this cowboy adventure breaks the mold from beginning to end. This adventure takes place in a Mexico cantina, and my first thought is to call it a romantic musical because the Don Terry and Armida sing several love songs to each other as they pursue romance . . . But then I remember all the laughs that the plot provides, and while it isn't a full-blown screwball comedy, it comes close . . . . Then I think about the villain who rustles our fellows' horses in the beginning, but our good guys spend precious little time of plot lines worrying about it . . . Then I remember that our hero shoots down a jealous husband in the cantina very early in the story and it looks like he will need to flee the Mexican police through the countryside, but the Mexican police don't seem very motivated to hunt down the killer . . . I won't even mention that this pre-code story ends with blatant bigamy proposed and accepted . . . . or maybe it isn't bigamy if one wife is in the U.S. and the other is south of the border? . . . sheesh . . . I'm so confused . . . the story is great, the acting is pretty good for an early 'talkie' movie from 1929, and the story moves along at a very nice clip, keeping my eyes glued to the screen, but I just don't know how to describe it to you . . . I think that you should just pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with lots of warm melted butter on it and discover for yourself this wonderfully wacky and different cowboy murder adventure romantic musical comedy.
Armida gets dressed for the dance
Armida looks at herself in the mirror
Armida meets Don Terry
Armida and Don Terry sing to each other
Armida is mad at Don Terry
Don Terry and J. Frank Glendon
Don Terry flirts with Nita Martan
Don Terry, Victor Potel and Harry von Meter
Don Terry and Wesley Barry
Don Terry kisses Armida
Don Terry and Wesley Barry
Harry von Meter
Marjorie Kane dances with Victor Potel
Victor Potel in the Cantina
Wesley Barry, Don Terry and Victor Potel