Mexicali Rose (1929 film)

Mexicali Rose is a 1929 American pre-Code romantic drama film directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Sam Hardy.[1]

Mexicali Rose
Lobby card. Sam Hardy and Barbara Stanwyck.
Directed byErle C. Kenton
Produced byHarry Cohn
Screenplay by
Story byGladys Lehman
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Edited byLeon Barsha
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 26, 1929 (1929-12-26) (USA)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

A silent and sound version are preserved at the Library of Congress.[2]


"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. 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.



  1. Brennan, Sandra. "Mexicali Rose". AllMovie. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress page 115 c.1978 published by The American Film Institute

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