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Rose of the Rancho

Rose of the Rancho(1936)

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According to the Hollywood Reporter review, the film, which was in production for nearly five months, cost over $1,000,000. According to a news item in Daily Variety on October 25, 1935, Robert Florey directed ten days of retakes for this film after director Marion Gering left the production to work on another film. According to a modern source, Florey directed retakes of the opening scenes of the film at the Paramount ranch. The pressbook noted that the film was the first to use the "so-called 'reverberation track,'" which used two non-directional microphones, and had just been developed by Electrical Research Products Corp. The microphones enabled photographers to shoot nearly a 360 degree circle around actors Gladys Swarthout and John Boles during the singing of "Rose of the Rancho." This film marked the screen debut of Swarthout, a Metropolitan Opera star. This was the first film in which Willie Howard acted. He also appeared in the 1935 Paramount film Millions in the Air, which was released first, but was shot later. A news item in Hollywood Reporter on December 28, 1935 stated that Ralph Rainger was a guest artist on the Shell radio broadcast, where he played the score he wrote for this film. Rose of the Rancho was first filmed in 1914 by Paramount. Cecil B. DeMille and Wilfred Buckland directed and Bessie Barriscale starred in this silent version.