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A Message to Garcia (1936)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  10 April 1936 (USA)
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Based on the actual event of Rowan's carrying a message from President McKinley to Garcia in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The parts of Dory and Raphalita are added.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sergeant Dory
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Senorita Raphaelita Maderos
John Boles ...
Lieutenant Andrew Rowan
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Dr. Ivan Krug
Herbert Mundin ...
Henry Piper
Mona Barrie ...
Spanish Spy
Enrique Acosta ...
General Calixto García
Juan Torena ...
Luís Maderos
Martin Garralaga ...
Rodríguez
Blanca Vischer ...
Chiquita
José Luis Tortosa ...
Pasquale Castova
Lucio Villegas ...
Commandant
Frederick Vogeding ...
German Stoker
Pat Moriarity ...
Irish Stoker
Octavio Giraud ...
Spanish Commandant
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Based on the actual event of Rowan's carrying a message from President McKinley to Garcia in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The parts of Dory and Raphalita are added.

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10 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Botschaft an Garcia  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real life incident on which the film is supposedly based, but to which it bears no factual resemblance whatsoever, involved Lieutenant Rowan's relatively safe trip to Cuba carrying an oral (not written) message to General Garcia from President McKinley that the United States was declaring war on Spain and was eager to have Garcia's cooperation. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1898, but Barbara Stanwyck's hairstyle, make-up, false eyelashes, and riding pants are strictly in the 1936 mode, and, in true Hollywood tradition, remain relatively unsullied despite the many perils of the swamp and and backlot jungle through which she doggedly perseveres. See more »

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Spoofed in A Message to Gracias (1964) See more »

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The Senorita from Brooklyn
10 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Turgid, set bound drama with some wild miscasting in central roles. It's not that the film isn't filled with some very good performers, Beery is believable as a renegade wanderer looking for the prime advantage but he's the only actor that really seems to fit. John Boles gives his usual block of wood performance, a dull hole at the center of the movie. The most ludicrous of all is Barbara Stanwyck, a great actress yes but a native born Cuban senorita? never! They couldn't have borrowed Lupe Velez or Dolores del Rio? Perhaps not Cubans either but at least being Latin they would have not stood out so glaringly.

All great stars have turkeys in their filmographies this is one manages to take down both Missy and Wally Beery. What could have been an interesting rendering of a historical event becomes just so much studio fodder to fill a double bill.


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