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Ramona (1936)

Half-Indian girl brought up in a wealthy household is loved by the son of the house against his family's wishes and loves another Indian employed by the household.


Henry King


Helen Hunt Jackson (novel), Lamar Trotti (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Ramona
Don Ameche ... Alessandro
Kent Taylor ... Felipe Moreno
Pauline Frederick ... Señora Moreno
Jane Darwell ... Aunt Ri Hyar
Katherine DeMille ... Margarita (as Katherine de Mille)
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Father Gaspara
John Carradine ... Jim Farrar
J. Carrol Naish ... Juan Can
Pedro de Cordoba ... Father Salvierderra
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. Weaver
Claire Du Brey ... Marda
Russell Simpson ... Scroggs
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Joseph Hyar (as William Benedict)
Robert Spindola Robert Spindola ... Paquito


Half-Indian girl brought up in a wealthy household is loved by the son of the house against his family's wishes and loves another Indian employed by the household.

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Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film produced by 20th Century Fox in full three-strip Technicolor. Also the first western to be produced in the same process. See more »


Version of Ramona (1910) See more »


Under the Redwood Tree
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by William Kernell
Strummed on guitar and sung by Loretta Young
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"Ramona" needs clarification
17 May 2013 | by kayeohio1947See all my reviews

I have read the novel "Ramona" a few times, and it seems something was lost when the book was translated into film. First of all, the story takes place in the Spanish colonial days of California, and this is why the Native Americans are speaking with Spanish accents. The "gringo" white people (Americans) are seen as the villains because they mostly are Protestant and are moving into a predominantly Catholic area and are claiming land that had been granted to Spanish settlers by the King of Spain. There was this same ill feeling about gringos or "white settlers" when Texas was in the process of separating from Mexico and becoming part of the United States.

As for Ramona's being a half-breed, the novel explains she is the child of the Spanish rancher and his Native American girl friend. The rancher brings her, as an infant, to the hacienda, and the rancher's wife agrees to bring up her husband's illegitimate daughter as if the child were her own or at least her social equal.

I am not sure of Loretta Young's heritage, but I believe she was a devout Catholic and perhaps was of Latin descent. It so happens her sister Georgiana was married to Ricardo Montalban, so Miss Young was associated with Latin Americans in her private life. Mr. Ameche was an Italian-American and no doubt Catholic, so he fit into this story of Spanish-colonial California very well.

I hope this explanation has helped some reviewers better understand the background of "Ramona." One of my favorite scenes is the priest coming to bless the flock of sheep and crops each spring. It is reminiscent of the same blessing in "The Thorn Birds" and the annual "Blessing of the Fleet" in the Gulf Coast area of the United States.

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