(1937) 59 minutes,
20th Century Fox (Released in Great Britain as "The Gentleman
Reviews: Both the Motion Picture Guide and
Variety (July 1, 1937) agree that this is a pretty boring and
unimaginative movie. Variety says it can be used as a
"dueler," that is as half of a double feature, but not as a
first run. "Just another picture," says Variety.
"Pretty lame oater all around," says the Motion Picture
guide. The story is set in Southern California just before and
after annexation by the United States. It seems that tax
collectors have moved into the territory and have found it very easy to
"steal" the fertile land from pioneer citrus growers, by
foreclosing for unpaid taxes . Both reviewers mention that the
story has a Robin Hood theme. The MPG says it is a "Robin
Hood/Zorro-type tale starring Cortez as the dashing hero who helps break
up a group of unscrupulous tax collectors. . . ."
Actually Wright did not write the story for this
movie or even see it before it was produced as a movie, though Wright
was paid for it. See my movie
introduction page for more of the story of the 1935 Lesser/Wright
contract. Wright's son Gilbert wrote three stories in fulfillment
of the second half of the troublesome 1935 Wright/Lesser contract.
This is the only one of the three that Lesser kept and used.
Release: 20th Century Fox
Production: Principle Pictures production by
Director: Gus Meins
Writing/Screenplay: MPG says, Writer:
Gilbert Wright (based on a story by Harold Bell Wright) adapted by
Gordon Newell. Variety says: Story by Harold Bell Wright, adapted
by Gordon Newell, screen play by Gilbert Wright.
Availability: This movie probably exists but has
never been made available on video.