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The Wide Open Spaces (1931)

A Wild West spoof by The Masquers Comedy Club of Hollywood


Arthur Rosson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Sparks ... Sheriff Jack Rancid
Antonio Moreno ... John Smith - Government Agent
Dorothy Sebastian ... Rose
William Farnum ... U.S. Marshal
George Cooper ... Louis San Nabisco
Claude Gillingwater ... Judge
Frank McHugh ... Matt - a Gambler
Tom Dugan ... Townsman in Saloon
George Chandler ... Townsman in Saloon
Walter Hiers ... Ukelele Player
Mack Swain ... Bartender
Clyde Cook ... Townsman at Wedding
Matthew Betz ... Gunman
Robert Frazer ... Townsman
Earle Foxe ... Townsman


A Wild West spoof by The Masquers Comedy Club of Hollywood

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Comedy | Short | Western







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28 December 1931 (USA) See more »

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1.20 : 1
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The Masquers
23 August 2004 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This short is one of four of the shorts produced by the Masquers Club and distributed by RKO in the early 1930s, now available on DVD from Encore Home Video.

This wild burlesque of westerns was directed by Arthur Rosson. It stars Ned Sparks in his usual frozen-faced performance, as the sheriff, Antonio Moreno as the Mexican bandit -- sort of -- and a host of silent comics and straight performers. It uses every cliché in the book to comic effect and throws in lots of gags while remaining a well-directed and photographed movie. If you love silent movies, slapstick comedy or playing 'spot the star' this one will be a real treat for you.

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