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An historical dramatization of a Spanish woman during the reign of Spanish and Mexican owned California in the early 19th century.


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No land nor period was more given to romance than the Spanish American in the early part of the 19th century. The influence of the warm constant sun, without excessive amenity was conducive to lethargy and lethargy is the seed of romance. The dreamer is a romancer. This Biograph story starts some time before Mexican independence was proclaimed in California, which occurred in 1822. Perdita Arguello, the pretty Spanish senorita is beloved by Jose Manuella, a wealthy young Spaniard, who migrated to the new world in search of adventure. A man of qualities, he surrenders claim upon the girl when he finds her heart is given to Pedro Cortes, a handsome troubadour of the village. Cortes is just the sort of fellow to impress a thoughtless and unsophisticated girl with his gentle persuasive manner together with his talent as a musician. Of poetic temperament, she yields to his plan and marries him. But what a calamity! Twenty years later we see the result of her folly. Cortes proved to be a ... Written by Biograph Company

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The Mask of Zorro
13 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A short film rather than a movie, it has the feel of 'The Mask of Zorro' where a Spanish woman (Catherine Zeta Jones) is the illegitimate daughter of a Californian. Old California is basically Spain coming to the west coast of America in the 19th century.

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