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The Man from Monterey (1933)

Passed | | Western | 15 July 1933 (USA)
A cavalry officer helps save a family's ranch from land grabbers.

Director:

Mack V. Wright

Writer:

Leslie Mason (screenplay) (as Lesley Mason)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Captain John Holmes
Duke Duke ... Duke - John's Horse
Ruth Hall ... Dolores Castanares
Luis Alberni ... Felipe Guadalupe Constacio Delgado Santa Cruz de la Verranca
Donald Reed ... Don Luis Gonzales
Nina Quartero ... Anita Garcia (as Nena Quartero)
Francis Ford ... Don Pablo Gonzales
Lafe McKee ... Don Jose Castanares
Lillian Leighton ... Juanita
Slim Whitaker ... Jake Morgan (as Charles Whitaker)
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Storyline

In old California Captain John Holmes must convince landowner Don Jose Cantares to register his land or face having it become public domain. Don Luis Gonzales, with rather selfish motives, is trying to convince him to do otherwise. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann Von Monterey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Last of John Wayne's "B"-westerns for Warner Bros. See more »

Quotes

Captain John Holmes: You know, Felipe, there's something suspicious about all this.
Felipe Guadalupe Constacio Delgado Santa Cruz de la Verranca: Senor, we shall consult the cards. They never fail. Ah, they never fail.
Captain John Holmes: Aw, stick those cards in your...
Felipe Guadalupe Constacio Delgado Santa Cruz de la Verranca: SENOR!
Captain John Holmes: ...in your pocket. Come on.
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Crazy Credits

Opening cards:

California -- 1848

The rancho castanares-- near the pueblo Santa Barbara. A vast domain, reaching from the mountains to the sea... See more »

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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Hechicera
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Written by Rafael Gama
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John Wayne in one of his early forgettable B-westerns
31 December 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

The only way I can watch any one of the early B-westerns is by deciding in advance to treat it as high camp, although occasionally a good one pops up. This film is not one of those, but I still had a few chuckles at the goings on, looking for outrageous items. John Wayne is an army captain sent from a fort in Monterey to convince Spanish land owner Lafe McKee to register his claim, else it will become public domain. Land grabbers Francis Ford and his son Donald Reed try to keep McKee from doing so in order to get the land for themselves. The only comic relief in the film came from Luis Alberni, who reads palms, continuously introduces himself as "Felipe Guadelupe Constanche Delgado Santa Cruz" in a flourish, and dresses in drag. Almost everyone else, including Wayne, is so serious it was somewhat funny. I had fun with the good bad guy (Slim Whitaker), the all-too-easy escapes, the stilted dialog, the obligatory love-interest (with Ruth Hall), the peculiar sword fighting, and best of all, Wayne's mind-reading horse, Duke. When Wayne was captured, he tells Alberni (who is outside the locked room where there are no guards) to send Duke to get Whitaker's men. All Alberni does is pat the horse on his rear end and say "go on, Duke."

This was set right after California entered the Union when the Spanish land owners distrusted the "gringos," and filmmakers used the theme of land grabbing quite often.


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