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Ramona (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 September 1936 (USA)
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.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

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 ... 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
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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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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 »

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Version of Ramona (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Under the Redwood Tree
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by William Kernell
Strummed on guitar and sung by Loretta Young
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Some of the silliest casting in Hollywood history--but still a decent movie.
25 March 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the 1930s and 40s, Hollywood was extremely insensitive (and stupid) about casting folks for minority roles. However, that was the time and you just need to keep your politically correct instincts in check when you watch this one! Imagine.....Loretta Young playing a woman who is half American Indian and half Mexican! While this sounds dumb, understand that the likes of Rock Hudson played Indians in films--or Don Ameche cast as a full-blooded native like he is in "Ramona"!! As for J. Carrol Naish--like Anthony Quinn, he played just about everything (except blacks) in films--so it isn't surprising he's in this one playing a Mexican. Plus, frankly, he's played so many nationalities, most everyone at the time had no idea what his heritage really is!! But Loretta Young and Don Ameche--with their lovely American diction (especially Ameche, who is practically the epitome of politeness and class)!!! What were the executives thinking (or smoking)?! "Ramona" must have been a prestige picture for 20th Century-Fox, as it is filmed in beautiful 1930s-style Three-Strip Technicolor--a HUGE expense at the time and something reserved only for the best films. In fact, it was the first such film made by the studio.

When the film begins, Ramona is in love with a cultured man from a very good family. So does she....or so she thinks. Eventually the truth is discovered--she's a half-breed! And she's forced to leave her home by some real jerk-faces. But before she goes, her native friend (Ameche) tells her that he's loved her--and she is thrilled, as she loves him, too. So, they run away together and get married. However, their life is tough, as folks are quite prejudiced towards them--throwing them off their farm. Can they somehow find a place that will accept the strangely cultured couple--and their new baby?! Overall, I'd say the writing isn't bad (but it is a bit schmaltzy) and the film manages to be watchable in spite of some terrible casting.

By the way, if you want to see other films with equally ridiculous casting, try finding "The Conquerer" (with John Wayne as Genghis Khan and red-headed Susan Hayward as his bride, Bortai)--or most any Charlie Chan film.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1936 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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