Robin Hood of El Dorado (Warner Archives; $21.99)

Robin Hood of El Dorado

The Oscar-winning Cisco Kid, Warner Baxter, stars as farmer-turned-bandit Joaquin Murrieta, in 1936’s Robin Hood of El Dorado. Though MGM sold the movie as a sentimental romance, Director William Wellman’s film is an engrossing tragedy of Shakespearean dimension, an unflinching indictment of the disenfranchisement of Mexicans whose property was usurped when California became part of the United States. Costarring are Bruce Cabot, Margo, and J. Carrol Naish as a fellow bandito.

Henry C. Parke is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California, who blogs about Western movies, TV, radio and print news:

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