Call of the Coyote
Cast & Crew
Baby Marie Bracco
Although Jim Barrett, his friend, Jay, and Chuck Reynolds, the head of a vicious gang of thieves, have equal interests in an Arizona gold mine, only Jim and Jay know its location. Just after one of Reynolds' men murders Jim, Mexican Don Adios and his band of roving cowboys come across Jim's body, on which they find a tiny map to the gold mine. Red, one of Don Adios' men, eagerly pockets the map and thus raises the suspicions of Don Adios. In the nearby town of Williams, meanwhile, Jay and Jim's little daughter Dolly, who has inherited Jim's share of the mine, overhear Reynolds discussing Jim's murder with his henchmen. A moment later, Jane, Dolly's governess, and "Doc," the town physician, question Reynolds about Jim's whereabouts, but Reynolds responds only with screamed threats. Reynolds orders Pete, one of his men, to kidnap Dolly, who has gone off with Doc and Jane, and then shoots and kills Jay in the street. Just before Pete forcibly takes Dolly from Doc, Don Adios and his sidekick, Pancho, ride up and save the child. While Don Adios promises Jane and Doc his protection, Reynolds orders his men to retrieve the map from Red, who was paid by Reynolds to betray Don Adios. At Don Adios' hideout, Pancho cuts a curl from Dolly's head while she sleeps and gives it to the sentimental Don Adios as a momento. As Don Adios admires the curl, a second map to the gold mine falls out of it. Don Adios then learns that Red has betrayed him and, after swearing revenge on Reynolds, orders his men to go to town and wait for the "call of the coyote," his signal to begin fighting. Using Dolly's map, Don Adios and Pancho locate Jim's mine, which they discover is actually a worthless "dry hole." Reynolds and his gang arrive at the mine and, after exchanging brief gunfire with Don Adios and Pancho, are furious to discover Jim's double-cross. Don Adios, still determined to help Dolly and Jane, who was entrusted by Jim to take Dolly to an Eastern boarding school, then gives his call and alerts his men, who have been rounding up volunteers in Williams. After a gunfight in town, in which Reynolds' henchmen are soundly defeated by Don Adios, Pancho steals Reynolds' ill-gotten gold from the local saloon. As the empty-handed Reynolds vows revenge, Don Adios rides back to Jane and Dolly and happily gives them the gold. Before saying a final goodbye to Jane, Don Adios begs a kiss from her and cuts a heartshape piece of fabric from her dress as a keepsake. His mission completed, he then tells Pancho that it is time for them to seek a "new place," a "new adventure."
Baby Marie Bracco
The title card for this film included the subtitle, "A Legend of the Golden West." No contemporary reviews were found for the film. Although the viewed print included a 1934 copyright statement, the title was not found in the copyright records. According to publicity news items, Jose Arias Spanish Orchestra provided music for the picture. It is not known if this credit is for performing or composing. According to the 1935-36 Motion Picture Almanac's "Companies Product" section, the film was first released in February 1934. A 1936 Motion Picture Herald release chart listed the title, along with several other Imperial titles, as a March 15, 1936 re-issue. Modern sources complete the above cast list with the following character names: Charles Stevens (Pancho), Patrick Carlyle (Jim Barret), Merrill McCormick (Chuck Reynolds), Bartlett Carre (Pablo), Wallace Shepherd (Red), Morgan Galloway (Doc), Jack Pollard (Harry) and Howard Fossett (Pete).