Rogue of the Rio Grande (1930)

Genres - Crime, Musical, Western  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This somewhat obscure early musical western produced by George W. Weeks for poverty row's Sono Art-World Wide has gone down in film history as Myrna Loy's talkie debut. Loy and Carmelita Geraghty played South-of-the-Border Belles dallying with notorious bandit El Malo (Jose Bohr) who, of course, is actually a sagebrush Robin Hood. In between stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, El Malo unmasks the nasty sheriff of Sierra Blanco (Walter Miller) as a real crook who keeps the loot for himself. This technically deficient early talkie was the English language debut of German-born Chilean actor-director Bohr. Bohr's stay in Hollywood proved brief but he continued to direct and star in South American productions until the 1960s.

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alcoholism, bad-guy, bar [pub], blackmail, corruption, cowboy, dance [art], frame-up, good-guy, lawman, loot, Mexico, outlaw [Western], prank, robbery, sheriff, small-town, town, trick, songwriter