Yankee Don (1931)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first of three Richard Talmadge productions released by J.D. Trop's Capital Film Exchange, this minor Western came complete with two songs, "My Gringo" and "Caballero Song." Talmadge played Dick Carsey, a young New Yorker hired to lead a pipeline through land belonging to Mexican landowner Don Juan (Julian Rivero). Unbeknownst to Dick, construction foreman Tenny (Gayne Whitman) is hoping Don Juan will shoot him for trespassing, an act which will send the don to jail and allow Tenny free access to the land. But Carsey, who has fallen in love with Don Juan's feisty daughter, Juanita (Lupita Tovar), switches sides and instead helps defend the ranch. A veteran stunt man and a protegee of Douglas Fairbanks, Dick Talmadge survived the changeover to sound despite a rather unprepossessing vocal ability and would continue to star in his own productions until 1936. He later functioned as second-unit director on such films as Circus World (1963) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

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bad-guy, cowboy, daughter, good-guy, love, outlaw [Western], ranch, romance