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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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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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Barbara Stanwyck and Wallace Beery
26 April 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1936's "A Message to Garcia" is lackluster Fox fiction set in Cuba during the Spanish American War of 1898. US President William McKinley (Dell Henderson) is the one sending the message to the Cuban general (Enrique Acosta) fighting the Spaniards, who have hired a German assassin (Alan Hale) to intercept the man carrying the vital paper (John Boles). Barbara Stanwyck plays the Cuban girl who falls for him, while top billed Wallace Beery supplies comic relief through the lengthy jungle trek, playing off both sides during the conflict. Not one of Barbara's more stellar efforts, with her screen time sadly limited, though Alan Hale makes a surprisingly effective villain. An uncredited John Carradine does not appear on screen as President McKinley, but it is his voice that we hear in the opening sequence, sounding as though he were recorded underwater. Perhaps cast for his physical resemblance to the President, Dell Henderson must have come up short, so Carradine's more authoritative tones were rather poorly dubbed in, an unconvincing performance despite the combined efforts of both actors (Carradine had recently provided several dubbed voices in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Crusades").


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