Cinema: The New Pictures: May 2, 1938

Rose of the Rio Grande (Monogram) is foamy, small-budget beer to tease tastes jaded by cinema bubbly. Its frank melodrama is based on the Mexican border legend of a rough-riding Robin Hood of the last century whose caballeros jubilantly bedevil the inept soldiery, pink villains neatly through the heart, are never too preoccupied to sing a rousing song or chuck a cantina girl jovially under the chin.

Its tall, broad, swashbuckling hero is dimple-chinned John Carroll (real name: Julian La Faye), a little-known player who resembles Ronald Colman, has a hint of Douglas Fairbanks' agility, and sings in a rich, concert-trained baritone.


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