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The Arizonian (1935)

Passed | | Adventure, Music, Romance | 28 June 1935 (USA)
In a film where the leading character is a composite of several American-frontier lawmen (mostly Wyatt Earp,) Clay Tallant comes to Silver City, Arizona in the 1880s and encounters ... See full summary »


Charles Vidor


Dudley Nichols (story), Dudley Nichols (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Clay Tallant
Margot Grahame ... Kitty Rivers
Preston Foster ... Tex Randolph
Louis Calhern ... Sheriff Jake Mannen
James Bush ... Orin Tallant
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Marshal Andy Jordan
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Henchman Frank McClosky
Willie Best ... Pompey
Joe Sawyer ... Henchman Keeler (as Joseph Sauers)
Francis Ford ... Mayor Ed Comstock


In a film where the leading character is a composite of several American-frontier lawmen (mostly Wyatt Earp,) Clay Tallant comes to Silver City, Arizona in the 1880s and encounters wide-spread lawlessness and disorder, unscrupulous politicians, outlaws galore and brow-beaten citizens. He accepts the position of town marshal and, with his brother and a reformed outlaw , Tex Randolph, who comes over to his side, sets out to bring law-and-order where none exists. He also wins the hand of the singer appearing at the Opera House. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Richard DIX in a roaring romance of the Eighties that thrills the blood of 1935! See more »


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Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boom Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remade as The Marshal of Mesa City (1939) See more »


Roll Along Covered Wagon
(1934) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung in a show by Margot Grahame
Reprised a cappella by Etta McDaniel at the end
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Trouble in Silver City
27 June 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Blonde singer-dancer Margot Grahame (as Kitty Rivers) leaves the western town "Silver City" to escape the clutches of corrupt sheriff Louis Calhern (as Jake Mannen). She must leave boyfriend James Bush (as Orin Tallant) behind, but he's too timid to fret about. On the way out of town, Ms. Grahame's coach is held up by Mr. Calhern's thugs. Fortunately, they are stopped by big, brave Richard Dix (as Clay Tallant) who is going to see his brother in "Silver City". Grahame is so impressed with Mr. Dix' manliness, she decides to join him. Everyone is impressed with Dix and he is appointed marshal. Dix hopes to clean up the town, but Preston Foster (as Tex Randolph) stares him down...

In one of the story's most memorable scenes, Mr. Foster buys a round of drinks and throws them in a line of faces. Foster has the most interesting part. Dix and the others are fairly routine. If you're looking for racial stereotypes, you might be interested in the dotingly slavish Etta McDaniel (as Sarah) and her "pussy footin'" dumb boyfriend Willie Best (as Pompey). In a story written by Dudley Nichols, director Charles Vidor is especially adept with the cast and crew on RKO's western street set/facade. The studio may have been thinking "The Arizonian" would be another "Virginian". They get no cigar, but gravelly-voiced Ray Mayer (as Frank McClosky) is a good western Eugene Palette.

***** The Arizonian (1935-06-28) Charles Vidor ~ Richard Dix, Margot Grahame, Preston Foster, Louis Calhern

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