Friday, September 5, 2008

The Texan (1930) Film Review - Cinecon 44 Screening

Plot Summary - Early talkie western starring Gary Cooper as the Llano Kid, wanted dead or alive. On a train headed for Texas, he steals a passenger's ticket, then pretends he is a Mexican who speaks no English when confronted by the passenger and train conductor. Well, that passenger decides our man is the perfect candidate to help him with an evil scheme he's been brewing up. He knows of a very wealthy lady in Mexico who is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her beloved son who she hasn't seen since he ran away from home at the age of ten after getting a scold from mama over the new mermaid tattoo he got on his arm. The son would be twenty-five years old now - the same age as the Llano Kid! And it's not just the reward he's after - apparently the old lady has saved a stash of gold to give to her son on his return. So - the Llano Kid is brought to her home and pretends he's the long, lost son, and well - the old lady falls for the scam hook, line, and sinker (gosh, you would think she would recognize her own son, after all he was ten not an infant when he left home). She pampers him, cooks him what she hopes to be a meal of standard American dishes - apple pie, doughnuts, and pickles - and gives him constant love, hugs and kisses. The Llano Kid is a sort of quiet lone wolf and not used to all this bother - but yes, she does give him the key to her secret locked cabinet hidden behind a painting, where rests a chest filled to the brim with sacks of gold. After a few months our man begins to like his new life on her fancy ranch - and sparking with his pretty "cousin" Consuelo (Fay Wray) who also lives there doesn't hurt one bit. Soon he begins to change his mind about going through with the idea of running away with the loot, which he is meant to share with the man from the train - and won't he be mad if he doesn't get his gold!

Review - A pretty good film, this moved fast with interesting plotline and well done acting - the print looked nice. Gary Cooper looks oh so young and handsome in this, though he is seriously long-legged and thin. Rating - 7/10 stars

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