Hi, Gaucho!


59m 1935
Hi, Gaucho!

Brief Synopsis

The son and daughter of feuding ranchers defy their fathers in the name of love.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Musical
Western
Release Date
Oct 11, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

While driving cattle across the Argentine pampas of the eighteenth century, gaucho Lucio meets the beautiful Inez del Campo, who is traveling to her mother's home, and instantly falls in love with her. Unknown to Lucio, Inez's mother, Doña Vicenta, has arranged for Inez to marry Don Salvador de Aragon, an impoverished but aristocratic Spaniard. Unknown to Doña Vicenta, however, the elderly Don Salvador has been kidnapped by the infamous bandit Escurra, a former captain of the king's guard whom Don Salvador recognizes during a stagecoach robbery. Escurra, seeing a portrait of Inez, steals Don Salvador's clothes and presents himself to Doña Vicenta as Inez's husband-to-be. Although Inez desires Lucio, she submits to her mother's will and prepares for her marriage. The proud, strong-willed Lucio, however, refuses to accept Inez's engagement and vows to make her his bride. When Doña Vicenta, who has been feuding for years with Lucio's rancher father Hillario, finds Lucio serenading Inez, she yanks her daughter away and forbids her from seeing Lucio. Undaunted, Lucio sneaks into Doña Vicenta's house and snatches a woman he believes is Inez, only to discover later that he has grabbed her mother. Overcome with anger, Doña Vicenta gives orders to arrest Lucio, but he evades capture. At the same time, Hillario and his men are scouring the pampas in search of Escurra's bandits, who have stolen their cattle. The fugitive Lucio meets up with his father, and the two of them ride back to Doña Vicenta's, determined to win Inez from Don Salvador. After Hillario and Lucio disrupt Inez's pre-nuptial party, the real Don Salvador is brought in by Hillario's men. Escurra is arrested, and Hillario convinces Dona Vicenta to end their feud and allow Inez to marry Lucio.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Musical
Western
Release Date
Oct 11, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

Articles

Hi Gaucho -


John Carroll and Steffi Duna were newlyweds when both were cast as the romantic leads in this sweeping south-of-the-border romance, about two warring families in 18th century Argentina whose children are united by love. When young cattleman Lucio (Carroll in his first starring role) lays eyes upon Inez (Duna), he must make her his bride. But she is already promised to Don Salvador de Aragon (Tom Ricketts, a talent so well established in the film industry his first directorial credit is from 1908). But when the Don is kidnapped by the outlaw Escurra (Rod La Rocque), he decides he wants Inez, too. Hungarian-born Steffi Duna's claim to fame was that she was selected as the most color-photogenic actress for early three-strip Technicolor films like La Cucaracha (1934) and The Dancing Pirate (1936). Sharp-eyed viewers will spot an uncredited performance by 17-year-old Margarita Cansino, later christened Rita Hayworth.

By Violet LeVoit
Hi Gaucho -

Hi Gaucho -

John Carroll and Steffi Duna were newlyweds when both were cast as the romantic leads in this sweeping south-of-the-border romance, about two warring families in 18th century Argentina whose children are united by love. When young cattleman Lucio (Carroll in his first starring role) lays eyes upon Inez (Duna), he must make her his bride. But she is already promised to Don Salvador de Aragon (Tom Ricketts, a talent so well established in the film industry his first directorial credit is from 1908). But when the Don is kidnapped by the outlaw Escurra (Rod La Rocque), he decides he wants Inez, too. Hungarian-born Steffi Duna's claim to fame was that she was selected as the most color-photogenic actress for early three-strip Technicolor films like La Cucaracha (1934) and The Dancing Pirate (1936). Sharp-eyed viewers will spot an uncredited performance by 17-year-old Margarita Cansino, later christened Rita Hayworth. By Violet LeVoit

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John Carroll made his screen debut in this film. According to a Daily Variety news item, Enrico de Rosas, a star of Spanish language films, convinced director Tommy Atkins to cast him in Hi, Gaucho! after he rode out to Calabasas, where the film was being shot, and proved that he could handle the dialogue. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Sidney D'Albrook and Jack Rice to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.