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A Message to Garcia (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 1936 (USA)
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.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Elbert Hubbard (story), Andrew S. Rowan (book) (as Lieutenant Andrew S. Rowan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Enrique Acosta ... General Calixto García
Juan Torena ... Luís Maderos
Martin Garralaga ... Rodríguez
Blanca Vischer ... Chiquita
José Luis Tortosa ... Pasquale Castova
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Commandant
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... German Stoker
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Irish Stoker
Octavio Giraud Octavio Giraud ... Spanish Commandant
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Botschaft an Garcia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

President William McKinley is portrayed on screen by Dell Henderson, but with the dubbed voice of John Carradine. 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 »

Connections

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

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Barbara Stanwyck and Wallace Beery
26 April 2014 | by kevinolzakSee 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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