The Arizona Kid (1930)

Genres - Action, Romance, Western  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Warner Baxter's The Arizona Kid loves "ze weemon" in general and Lolita (Mona Maris) in particular, especially, as he explains, when they are together. A typical early talkie, The Arizona Kid moves at a snail's pace and is of interest mostly for the presence of a very young Carole Lombard. Contemporary critics such as the New York Times' pedantic Mordaunt Hall thought her to be miscast as the cagey villainess, but Carole is certainly easier on the eyes and ears than the shrill Maris, who, to compound matters, is allowed to sing. Warner Baxter's faux south-of-the-border accent may have earned him an Oscar in 1929 but his Arizona Kid is really nothing more than a careworn comic opera creation.