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10 April 1936 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wallace Beery ... Sergeant Dory

Barbara Stanwyck ... Senorita Raphaelita Maderos

John Boles ... Lieutenant Andrew Rowan

Alan Hale ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Appel ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Guillermo Arcos ... Captain (uncredited)
Josefina Betancourt ... Aggresive Flirt (uncredited)

John Carradine ... President William McKinley (voice) (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Admiral (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Tevis (uncredited)
Andre Cuyas ... Sentry (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Waiter (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Sentry (uncredited)
Alberto Gandero ... Civilian (uncredited)
Fred Godoy ... Citizen (uncredited)
Augustín Guzmán ... Sentry (uncredited)
Rosita Harlan ... Flirt (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... President William McKinley (uncredited)
Warren Hymer ... Departing Sailor (uncredited)

George Irving ... Col. Wagner (uncredited)
Carlos Montalbán ... Spanish Gunner (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Manuel Peluffo ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jose Peña Pepet ... Spanish Officer (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Dakin (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Ralphaelita's Father (uncredited)
Romualdo Tirado ... Soldier (uncredited)
Pedro Vinas ... Servant (uncredited)
Miguel de Zárraga ... Spanish Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Fowler 
Sam Hellman 
Elbert Hubbard  essay
Gladys Lehman 
W.P. Lipscomb 
Andrew S. Rowan  book (as Lieutenant Andrew S. Rowan)

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté 
Film Editing by
Herbert Levy 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling 
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Booth McCracken .... assistant director (as Booth McCraken)
Sound Department
Joseph E. Aiken .... sound recordist (as Joseph Aitken)
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound recordist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
François B. DeValdes .... technical advisor

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

Rita Hayworth played the sister of Barbara Stanwyck, but after a test screening all her scenes were cut at the request of Darryl F. Zanuck.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Barbara Stanwyck, though supposedly Cuban, speaks Spanish with an American accent, and English with no accent whatsoever.See more »
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Referenced in Wife vs. Secretary (1936)See more »


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Barbara Stanwyck and Wallace Beery, 26 April 2014
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

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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