Madonna of the Desert (1948)

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A jeweled Madonna, property of rancher Joe Salinas, attracts two crooks to his ranch, Monica Dell, a smooth operator, and ruthless Nick Julian. Joe believe that the statue has a miraculous ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Lynne Roberts ...
Tony French (as Donald Barry)
Don Castle ...
Joe Salinas
Nick Julian
Paul Hurst ...
Pete Connors
Buck Keaton
Paul E. Burns ...
Hank Davenport
Mrs. Brown
Grazia Narciso ...
Mama Baravelli
Martin Garralaga ...
Papa Baravelli
Frank Yaconelli ...
Maria Genardi ...
Mrs. Pasquale
Maria Baravelli
Vernon Cansino ...


A jeweled Madonna, property of rancher Joe Salinas, attracts two crooks to his ranch, Monica Dell, a smooth operator, and ruthless Nick Julian. Joe believe that the statue has a miraculous power to ward off evil, and Monica, after a narrow escape from injury while trying to steal the statue, is converted to Joe's faith and refuses to go through with the robbery. Nick has no such intentions. Written by Les Adams <>

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Crime | Drama






Release Date:

23 February 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Missão Adorável  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Good Little B'
20 May 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is quite a good little film. Make no mistake, this is a low budget B' from Republic. However the story and cast exceeded my expectations. Don Castle stars as the man who possesses a valuable statue of Madonna, a statue that is suppose to bring luck to those who are true of heart. Castle has total faith in people (and the statue) and regularly lends it out for special events like a wedding, where the statue will bless the bride and groom with good fortune.

Sheldon Leonard plays the crook who wants to steal the priceless statue. His plan is to have a cohort arrive at Castle's home and take the real statue and leave a worthless fake. His cohort is a tough dame, played by Lynne Roberts. She comes to Castle's home, but circumstances arise and she begins to feel Castle's faith in man and the statue, causing her to renege on her bargain with Leonard. Leonard doesn't take this very well and sets out with a new plan to snatch the statue and deal Roberts a blow for her double cross.

This film is no masterpiece, just a pleasant, well executed B' thriller for those who enjoy such films.

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