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Mexicali Rose (1929 film)

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5.2/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Drama, Romance
Production  Columbia Pictures
Language  English
6.1/10 IMDb

Director  Erle C. Kenton
Story by  Gladys Lehman
Cinematography  Ted Tetzlaff
Country  United States
Mexicali Rose (1929 film) movie poster
Release date  December 26, 1929 (1929-12-26) (USA)
Writer  Norman Houston (dialogue), Norman Houston (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (story)
Cast  Barbara Stanwyck (Mexicali Rose), Sam Hardy (Happy Manning), William Janney (Bob Manning), Louis Natheaux (Joe, the Croupier), Arthur Rankin (Loco, the Halfwit), Harry J. Vejar (Ortiz)
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Mexicali rose with barbara stanwyck 1929

Mexicali Rose is a 1929 American pre-Code romantic drama film directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Sam Hardy.


A silent and sound version are preserved at the Library of Congress.

Mexicali rose 1929


"Happy" Manning returns early from a trip to his Mexican casino, the Mina de Oro (Gold Mine), and to his wife Rose, unaware that she has been unfaithful to him with Joe, the croupier. Happy soon finds out and divorces Rose, but he keeps Joe, as Joe is too valuable an employee to lose.

Afterward, he goes to visit his younger brother and ward, Bob, who is the quarterback of his college football team in California. Bob introduces him to his fiancee Marie (an uncredited Dorothy Gulliver). Bob, believing Happy owns a gold mine, promises to spend his honeymoon there.

When Bob does get married, he sends Happy a telegram that he is coming. Happy's friend Ortiz offers to exchange his real gold mine for Happy's casino temporarily. Happy is shocked when Bob introduces his wife: Rose. Happy later tries to buy Rose off, but she turns him down, claiming she genuinely loves Bob. Happy is uncertain if she is lying or not and decides to not tell Bob the truth. However, it soon becomes clear that she has not changed. Happy blocks her secret late-night rendezvous with an admirer and confronts her. She claims that she loves Happy and that she married Bob to get back at him. She then tells him she is going home. The next day, her body is found at the bottom of a cliff.


  • Barbara Stanwyck as Mexicali Rose
  • Sam Hardy as Happy Manning
  • William Janney as Bob Manning
  • Arthur Rankin as Loco
  • Louis Natheaux as Joe
  • Harry Vejar as Ortiz
  • Louis King as Dad, a drunk
  • References

    Mexicali Rose (1929 film) Wikipedia
    Mexicali Rose (1929 film) IMDbMexicali Rose (1929 film) LetterboxdMexicali Rose (1929 film)

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