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Somewhere in Sonora (1933)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 27 May 1933 (USA)
John Bishop discovers a plot to rob a silver mine belonging to his girlfriend Mary's father and, to foil the evildoers, he joins them.



(story "Somewhere South in Sonora" in The Saturday Evening Post), (adaptation) (as Joe Roach)

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Complete credited cast:
Duke ...
Shirley Palmer ...
Ann Fay ...
Patsy Ellis (as Ann Faye)
Monte Black
Mr. Kelly Burton
Frank Rice ...


Framed for a stagecoach accident, John Bishop is jailed. Bob Leady helps break him out and in return John heads for Sonoora to look for Leady's missing son. He finds him when he joins Monte black's gang, a gang from which no member has ever escaped alive. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Abrechnung in Sonora  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Using the name "Monte Black" as the villain was something of an in-joke at Warners, where Monte Blue was a star during the silent era. After sound came in, he was relegated to minor supporting roles at the studio, albeit in some very good films like Casablanca (1942) and Key Largo (1948). See more »


Bob Leadly: [Talking about his missing son] A man was killed. Some of the men who were present seemed to think Bart was the guilty party. They found out later that he was innocent, but... Bart's gone.
John Bishop: Hung? Where is he? What happened?
Bob Leadly: I'm not sure, but I heard he was south - somewhere in Sonora, a bandit in the gang of Monte Black.
John Bishop: Monte Black?
Bob Leadly: Once a man joins that gang, he never comes out alive. It's known as the Brotherhood of Death.
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Referenced in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »


Lady of Spain
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Tolchard Evans
Played by a band in the Mexican saloon
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The Middle Class John Wayne
17 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's in these early films that you see how middle-class John Wayne really is before he assumed the immortal identity of the American cowboy. He was obviously socialised into high society through his university connections and has a healthy interest in women. Thanks to John Ford he was just churning out the B-pictures one after the other. However, as a self-contained project, the film looks quite stagy as though it was fresh from the theatre. The dialogue is stilted and clumsy, but then that's down to the writing. I don't think that screenwriters and directors got to grips with the new medium that is cinema at this point, making this offering painful to watch.

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