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May 7, 2017
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Mission Playhouse
320 S. Mission Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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Silent Sundays at the Mission Playhouse: The Gaucho (1927)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

As part of the three-week series, The Latin Wave: Exploring Myth, Illusion and Cultural Appropriation, the Mission Playhouse, About…Productions and the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society are delighted to present The Gaucho (1927)  starring Douglas Fairbanks in the title role and Lupe Velez as the love interest – the Mountain Girl.

Set in Argentina, this lavish adventure extravaganza, filmed at the height of Fairbanks’ fame, follows the disreputable leader of a group of bandits as he is thrust into the role of hero after he undergoes a spiritual transformation when confronted with the holy powers of a sacred shrine.

Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance considers the film “a near masterwork.” Master organist Bob Salisbury will accompany the film on the Playhouse's 1924 Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. 

Fun Fact: Did you know Douglas Fairbanks had box seats to opening night of the original Mission Play at this beautiful Playhouse way back in the 1927?

Before the film, visit a free exhibition of artifacts, photographs and costumes from the Playhouse archives and from historical organizations, exploring early LA and the Mexican American experience, curated by the UC Riverside Director of the Public History Program, Dr. Cathy Gudis, and PhD student Mayela Caro at the Playhouse’s Glass Room Gallery.

Tickets start at $10 ($12 day of show). Tickets may be subject to additional fees and charges. No refunds, exchanges, cancellations. To purchase tickets, visit

This event is part of the Playhouse's May series, The Latin Wave, co-produced with About Productions. The Gaucho is presented in partnership with The Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society.