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The Man from Monterey (1933)

 -  Western  -  15 July 1933 (USA)
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A cavalry officer helps save a family's ranch from land grabbers.



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Complete credited cast:
Duke ...
Duke, John's Horse
Ruth Hall ...
Dolores Castanares
Luis Alberni ...
Felipe Guadalupe Constacio Delgado Santa Cruz de la Verranca
Donald Reed ...
Don Luis Gonzales
Nina Quartero ...
Anita Garcia (as Nena Quartero)
Francis Ford ...
Don Pablo Gonzales
Lafe McKee ...
Don Jose Castanares
Lillian Leighton ...
Jake Morgan (as Charles Whitaker)


In old California Captain John Holmes must convince landowner Don Jose Cantares to register his land or face having it become public domain. Don Luis Gonzales, with rather selfish motives, is trying to convince him to do otherwise. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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15 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Der Mann Von Monterey  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Captain John Holmes: You know, Felipe, there's something suspicious about all this.
Felipe Guadalupe Constacio Delgado Santa Cruz de la Verranca: Senor, we shall consult the cards. They never fail. Ah, they never fail.
Captain John Holmes: Aw, stick those cards in your...
Felipe Guadalupe Constacio Delgado Santa Cruz de la Verranca: SENOR!
Captain John Holmes: your pocket. Come on.
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Preserving Those Spanish Land Grants
26 May 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The setting is 1848 and the U.S. government sends Captain John Wayne to the newly conquered territory of California from the Mexican War. His job is to win over the Spanish Dons to register their land grant property with our government or else they'll be declared public domain.

Of course there are some nasty claim jumpers there who are both gringo and Latino ready to foil our hero. One particularly nasty one is another Spanish Don played by Francis Ford. He's got his eyes on his neighbor's property another Don with an attractive daughter, Ruth Hall. If Ford can't get it one way, he'll get it by marrying his son Donald Reed to Hall.

That changes when John Wayne comes on the scene and Hall crushes on him big time. Of course Wayne is riding on Duke the Wonder Horse and Duke once again proves of invaluable assistance in foiling the bad guys.

Best performance in the film goes to Luis Alberni who to foil the bad guys has to get into drag at the wedding scene of Reed and Hall. He's downright hilarious.

This marked the fourth and last film John Wayne did for Warner Brothers with Duke the Wonder Horse. Later on in his career John Wayne was not noted for particular attachment to his horses. They were a tool of the cowboy trade, nothing more in his films. In fact if my memory serves me I can only recall three films in his later years where the horse's had names and therefore horsenalities to him. That would be True Grit, The Shootist and A Lady Takes A Chance. I'm sure if I'm wrong, John Wayne fans will let me know.

Of course John Wayne moved on to Monogram films and Lone Star westerns and the quality of production went down a few pegs. Bigger and better things were in store for him. But what ever happened to Duke the Wonder Horse?

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