The Hard Hombre (1931) Hoot Gibson, Lina Basquette, Mathilde Comont, G. Raymond Nye Movie Review

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Hoot Gibson in The Hard Hombre (1931)

This Hard Hombre is a Hoot

William Penn 'Peaceful' Patton (Hoot Gibson) is not only a nice guy he is a complete mummy's boy who does what she tells him. It is how he ends up going to another town as he is promised some work. The thing is that Peaceful is a dead ringer for notorious gunman 'The Hard Hombre'. Mystified why so many people are wary of him Peaceful soon realises he can take advantage of his new found power for his own good. But inevitably all good things have to come to an end some time.

After having never seen a Hoot Gibson movie before "The Hard Hombre" is the second of his movies which I have watched this week. And again whilst on paper you might expect this to be just another early 1930's western which uses the whole mistaken identity gag as a storyline it ends up a lot more memorable. Part of that is down to how this plays out, which whilst of course sees Peaceful's hoax coming to an end but also there is a surprise to this.

But the real reason why "The Hard Hombre" ends up standing out from the crowd is simply down to Hoot Gibson who has such a wonderful gift for comedy. And it all comes down to the playful nature of his face as he gives one amusing expression after another. It is simple stuff but it works every time and constantly puts a smile on your face.

What this all boils down to is that "The Hard Hombre" ends up a hoot and that is down to Hoot Gibson.