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Robin Hood of El Dorado (film)

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Robin Hood of El Dorado
Directed byWilliam A. Wellman
Written byWalter Noble Burns
Screenplay byWilliam A. Wellman
Joseph Calleia
Melvin Levy
Based onThe Robin Hood of El Dorado: The Saga of Joaquin Murrieta, Famous Outlaw of California's Age of Gold (1932), by Walter Noble Burns
Produced byJohn W. Considine Jr.
StarringWarner Baxter
Ann Loring
Bruce Cabot
CinematographyChester A. Lyons
Edited byRobert Kern
Music byHerbert Stothart
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 17, 1936 (1936-03-17)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Robin Hood of El Dorado is a 1936 American Western film directed by William A. Wellman for MGM. It stars Warner Baxter as real-life Mexican folk hero Joaquin Murrieta and Ann Loring as his love interest, with Bruce Cabot as Bill Warren and J. Carrol Naish as Murrietta's notorious partner, Three-Fingered Jack. The film is based on the life of Murrietta as the Robin Hood of Old California in 1850, a kind, gentle man who is driven to violence.

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Plot summary

In 1848 in California, Mexican farmer Joaquin Murietta has become a criminal to avenge the rape and murder of his wife Rosita and lynching of his brother Jose at the hands of the Americans.



The screenplay was written by the actor Joseph Calleia, Melvin Levy and William A. Wellman, with assistance by Robert Carson. In 1937, Wellman and Carson won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for A Star Is Born. The Robin Hood of El Dorado was based on the biography of Joaquin Murrieta by Walter Noble Burns and was MGM's attempt to follow Viva Villa!.[citation needed]

Film historian Frank T. Thompson writes that "Wellman made a stronger statement on the subject of racism than a whole spate of later films (like Gentleman's Agreement)."[1]

The Robin Hood of El Dorado also anticipates the revisionist westerns of the 1960s, especially The Wild Bunch (1969), directed by Sam Peckinpah. Both films mix violence and sentimentality with an undercurrent of regret for a vanishing way of life. The Mexican folk song "La golondrina" is used to similar effect.[citation needed]

Art director David Townsend was killed in a car accident while scouting locations for the film.[2]



  1. ^ William A. Wellman by Frank T. Thompson, The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1983.
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times, August 6, 1935, "Crash Kills Film Expert, David Townsend, Art Aide, Dead and Three Injured as Car Falls in Canyon" pg. A2

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