For an early Western, this one has a lot going on. There's action, adventure, romance, and probably enough song and dance numbers to qualify as a musical. I don't think I've seen one before where the basic premise involves a staged kidnapping in order to drum up publicity for a touring movie star (Lili Damita as Diane Corday). It sounds like it could have been a Gene Autry theme, so maybe there's another one out there that I'll have to wait for to pop up.
There's also a fair amount of comedy too, with some clever retorts like the one in my summary line. That one came from secondary character Jane Evans (Jean Chatburn), an aide to Miss Corday who when she let her hair down, was actually the best looking female in the picture. She's also on the receiving end of a line from Juan Torres (Juan Torrena), who gives her pair of slacks away while she's taking a swim - "Your pants, from now on you'll do without them"! Hmm, I think old Juan might have had more on his mind.
I haven't mentioned yet that all this takes place in a fictional country that sounded something like Alturiz, but certainly a Mexican knockoff if there ever was one. Miss Corday finds herself in the middle of a romantic triangle involving her manager Gary Owen (Fred Keating), and the likable bandit Pancho Granero (Del Campo). Pancho's intentions are real regarding the actress, romancing her with love songs and sweet talk, and you get the feeling things might go his way at times. I was curious throughout why the real fiancée Owen never seemed to mind, although there was one very quick altercation between himself and Pancho. But they were buddy buddy immediately afterward. That angle was the most obvious head scratcher of the picture.
There is a particular segment that's noteworthy, the Fiesta scene that included the most amazing costuming that fairly screamed for color. It was a well executed production number with lively song and dance that was probably the highlight of the picture. Soon after, the federales made their appearance to rescue Miss Corday, but that was all worked out without any fuss or bother. Owen got the girl, and the Robin Hood of Alturiz was left to consider all the rest of the pretty senoritas of the hacienda.