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The Gay Desperado

The Gay Desperado(1936)

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Actor Chris-Pin Martin is erroneously list in the onscreen credits as Chris King Martin. This film was the second and final production for Pickford-Lasky, and was shot in the Arizona desert on the Papago Indian Reservation near Tucson. According to Film Daily, Ida Lupino was signed for this film following the preview of One Rainy Afternoon, the first Pickford-Lasky production (see below). Members of the Trovadores Chinacos, who made their debut in this film, include Pedro Galindo, Rogue Castillo and Nicandro Castillo. The American gangster-film-within-the-film featured burlesques of Jack La Rue, George Raft, Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. Pickford-Lasky conducted a nation-wide poll for this film's title; 21,000-25,000 people voted for "Gay Desperado." Press information claims the gold embroidered sombrero worn by Leo Carrillo in the film had been worn by Pancho Villa and was presented to Carrillo by Villa's widow. The fight scenes in this film were performed by former professional boxers and wrestlers including Sailor Vincent, Bert Colima, Ky Robinson, George Magrill, Jack Perry, Jimmie Dime, Harry Wilson, Jack Padgen, Bud Fine and George Du Count. According to press information, the state of Arizona was especially generous to the film crew: Rouben Mamoulian was made honorary lieutenant by a patrolman who had arrested him two years earlier for a traffic infraction when he was driving in the state with Greta Garbo; Tucson police chief Ben West gave assistant director Robert Lee the bullet-proof vest of famous gangster John Dillinger, who had been arrested two years earlier; and Governor B. B. Moeur gave Carrillo a 1,700-year-old cactus tree. Press materials claim that actor Alan Garcia, a former Madera revolutionist, narrowly escaped death in 1911 at the hands of a Corporal Mariano Valenzuela, who, in the film, ironically plays a rebel held captive by a federal officer, played by Garcia. About the time of this film's release, Nino Martini opened his fourth season on the air over the Columbia radio network with a performance of his hit song "The World Is Mine."