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Bells of San Fernando (1947)

Passed  -  Drama | History | Western  -  1 March 1947 (USA)
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Mendoza ruthlessly controls the valley of San Fernando and his men guard the only entrance. When Mendoza announces he will marry Michael's girl friend Maria, Michael plans an escape. He ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Woods ...
Gloria Warren ...
Maria Garcia
Byron Foulger ...
Francisco Garcia, Mission Blacksmith
Shirley O'Hara ...
Juan Mendoza, Overseer
Monte Blue ...
Governor Don Sebastian Fernando
Paul Newlan ...
Gueyon, Garcia's Assistant
David Leonard ...
Father Xavier
Gordon B. Clarke ...
Henchman Enrico (as Gordon Clarke)
Frank Cody ...
Henchman Junipero
Lusita Triana ...
Spanish Dancer
Felipe Turich ...
Pablo, the traitor
Claire Du Brey ...
Gil Frye ...
Governor's Secretary (as Drew Allan)
Ray Dolciame ...
1st Clerk, Governor's Office


Mendoza ruthlessly controls the valley of San Fernando and his men guard the only entrance. When Mendoza announces he will marry Michael's girl friend Maria, Michael plans an escape. He hopes to reach the Governor and bring back the troops. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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valley | governor | escape | torture | peon | See more »


The bells that rang out gold . . . romance . . . oppression!


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Release Date:

1 March 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El oro de las campanas  »

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Land of My Dreams
Music by Marian Boyle
Lyrics by Don Roland
Sung by Gloria Warren (uncredited)
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San Fernando Valley as North Korea
21 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Bells Of San Fernando is an independent production and small wonder that no studio would touch it. It was written by Duncan Renaldo who made the hero of his Spanish California drama a wandering Irishman played by Donald Woods complete with phony brogue and all.

Monte Blue is a Spanish Don who owns the land in San Fernando Valley. But he lives in Spain and turns over the affairs of his estate to overseer Anthony Warde. Warde who runs the place like Kim family runs North Korea wants to marry Gloria Warren, but she likes Woods. In addition there's gold discovered here some fifty years before the Gold Rush. The priest wants to make a church bell using it as an alloy. But others have more secular ideas about what to do with it.

This was one strange story and hard to believe it came from one of the people who played the Cisco Kid. Warde comes over like Snidely Whiplash, Woods' accent is totally unconvincing and the story is laughable.

After seeing this, no one wanted to make the San Fernando Valley their home.

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