The Littlest Outlaw

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The Littlest Outlaw
The Littlest Outlaw.jpg
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón
Starring Pedro Armendáriz
Joseph Calleia
Andrés Velázquez
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release dates December 22, 1955 (1955-12-22)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States, Mexico
Language English, Spanish
Box office $1.6 million (US)[1]

The Littlest Outlaw is a live-action film produced by Walt Disney. It was released by Buena Vista Distribution on December 22, 1955. It was directed by Roberto Gavaldón and written by Larry Lansburgh (story), and Bill Walsh (screenplay). This is the seventh live-action movie by Walt Disney Productions.

It starred Pedro Armendáriz as Gen. Torres, Joseph Calleia as the Padre, and Andrés Velázquez as Pablito.

Synopsis[edit]

Little Pablito is the ten year old son of a cruel horse trainer. The trainer is responsible for training a Mexican general's horse to jump for the grand race. The trainer's methods cause the horse to become afraid of jumping and the general orders the animal's death. Pablito runs away with the horse, becoming a fugitive. He travels throughout Mexico encountering several fugitives and a priest who tries to help.

Production[edit]

Larry Lansburgh had been at the Walt Disney Studios for approximately 10 years when he submitted the story treatment for The Littlest Outlaw. At the time, Lansburgh had directed several short films for Disney, mostly simple stories about animals. Bill Walsh[disambiguation needed] expanded the treatment into a screenplay and Lansburgh was retained as producer.

The entire film was shot in Mexico, mostly around San Miguel Allende, with a bilingual English/Spanish cast. Because of this, the film was shot twice, once in English and once in Spanish, enabling it to be released directly into Spanish-speaking markets without the usual dubbing process.[2]

Reception[edit]

The Littlest Outlaw received a mildly critical reception. Variety spoke well of the child star Andres Velasquez, but most critics dismissed the film as a routine affair.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard. The Disney Films. Bonanza Press, 1978, pg. 130
  3. ^ Maltin, pg. 132.

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