The Texan (1930)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Release Date - May 10, 1930 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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With a title like The Texan and a star like Gary Cooper, one might assume that this 1930 actioner is a western -- and one would be wrong! Set in 1885, the film stars Gary Cooper as Enrique, alias Quico, alias the Llano Kid. Whatever the name, he's a bold and daring bandit, and after shooting a young gambler in self-defense he's got a price on his head. Looking for a safe hideout, the Llano Kid agrees to a scheme hatched by a crooked lawyer named Thacker (Oscar Apfel). Our hero agrees to pose as the long-lost son of Mexican aristocrat Senora Ibarra (Emma Dunn), a role for which he is extensively coached by Thacker, who stands to collect a huge reward when he delivers the "son" to the old woman. Upon learning that the real son was the gambler he killed, the Llano Kid calls off the scheme, whereupon Thacker hires a band of thugs to steal Senora Ibarra's fortune. With the help of his long-time adversary, Bible-quoting sheriff John Brown (James Marcus), the Llano Kid foils Thacker's plan and in the bargain wins the hand of Senora Ibarra's lovely niece Consuelo (Fay Wray).

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arrest, attack, bar [pub], Bible, claim, con/scam, estate, fortune [wealth], gangster, loot, lost, love, niece, outlaw [Western], poker, property, ranch, reward, self-defense, sheriff, son, Spain, Texan, thug, train [locomotive], wound [injury]