Rose of the Rancho


1h 25m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 10, 1936
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 7 Jan 1936
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Rose of the Rancho by Richard Walton Tully and David Belasco (New York, 27 Nov 1906).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

In Monterey, in 1852, shortly after California is made a state, the peaceful Spanish region lies helpless against the plundering of ruthless land grabbers. To protect families and property from murderous attacks, the ranchers band together as vigilantes and are led by the mysterious, masked Don Carlos. Although elderly Don Pasqual Castro urges the alcalde to use his influence to stop the vigilantes, the alcalde will do nothing to thwart the predatory raids of Joe Kincaid and his men. Kincaid files claims on local ranches that were given to various families generations before by the king of Spain, violently expelling the occupants as squatters when they are unable to provide deeds to the land. Pasqual's daughter Rosita is engaged to Don Louis Espinosa, who does not believe in taking action to thwart Kincaid, but Rosita listens to Dona Petrona, who urges taking the law into one's own hands. Rosita is, in fact, the masked Don Carlos. Juan, the bartender in the Golden Nugget, which Kincaid's men frequent, regularly sends word to Rosita of Kincaid's upcoming attacks, and Rosita sings to alert her men to assemble. From the stagecoach, Jim Kearney sees Kincaid about to be lynched by the vigilantes and saves him, believing that executions should be the government's business. That very evening Rosita transforms herself from Don Carlos to the queen of the fiesta and meets Kearney on the way to the celebration. There, she makes Kearney aware of her interest in him by dancing on his sombrero during a song. Rosita and Kearney begin to meet regularly until Pasqual makes her pledge, as a woman engaged since birth, to see him no more. Kearney, meanwhile, has become a friend of Kincaid, who is sincerely grateful to him for saving his life. Rosita learns of their fellowship and suspects Kearney is an outlaw, but is more concerned that Kearney might meet another woman. Rosita summons the vigilantes to a meeting, and when Kearney interrupts her as she is changing her dress, he assumes she is Don Carlos' mistress. Upon arriving at the rendezvous, the vigilantes take Kearney prisoner, and when Rosita releases him, they disband, assuming she has betrayed them. Frisco, a recently released convict, informs Kincaid that Kearney is a federal agent. Rosita is warned by Juan that Kincaid is planning a final raid, and as Kearney finally realizes that Rosita is Don Carlos, he joins the vigilantes in the defense of the Pasqual ranch and kills Kincaid and defeats his forces.

Cast

John Boles

Jim Kearney

Gladys Swarthout

Rosita Castro [also known as] Don Carlos

Charles Bickford

Joe Kincaid

Grace Bradley

Flossie

Willie Howard

Pancho Spiegelglass

Herb Williams

Phineas P. Jones

H. B. Warner

Don Pasqual Castro

Charlotte Granville

Dona Petrona

Don Alvarado

Don Louis [Espinosa]

Minor Watson

Jonathan Hill

Louise Carter

Guadalupe

Pedro De Cordoba

Gomez [also known as] Cortez

Paul Harvey

Boss Martin

Arthur Aylesworth

Sheriff James

Harry Woods

Bull Bangle

Russell Hopton

Stranger, Frisco

Benny Baker

Hill-Billy boy

James Marcus

Very old Spaniard

Robert Kortman

Kincaid henchman

Ted Oliver

Kincaid henchman

Merrill Mccormick

Kincaid henchman

Evelyn Selbie

Old woman

George Bookasta

Bellows boy

Harry Semels

Blacksmith

Lalo Encinas

Overseer

Eleanor Virzie

Small girl

Ernest S. Adams

Bus boy

Robert E. Homans

Passenger

Lew Kelly

Coach driver

Ed Dearing

Stranger

Russell Powell

Bartender

Jack Norton

Croupier

Eddie Dunn

Waiter

Sam Blum

Master of ceremonies, Tecolaro

Nelson Mcdowell

Decrepit old man

Eddie Borden

Barfly

Redmond Flood

Drunk at table

Lester Sharpe

Bystander in saloon

S. S. Simon

Man at pancho's table

Olin Francis

Bouncer

Paul Sotoff

Bystander

Ivan Christy

Bystander

Sam Lufkin

Bystander

Edwin J. Brady

Bystander

Lillian Pearl

Comedy dancer

Charles Stevens

Peon spy

Frank Lackteen

Peon spy

Charles Middleton

Horse doctor

Charles Morris

Old Spaniard

Jules Cowles

Vigilante

Sam Appel

Vigilante

Jack Perry

Vigilante

Harry Lamont

Vigilante

Nick Thompson

Vigilante

John Nasborough

Vigilante

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 10, 1936
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 7 Jan 1936
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Rose of the Rancho by Richard Walton Tully and David Belasco (New York, 27 Nov 1906).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

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.