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Man from Monterey
Director: Mack V. Wright (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Jul 1933
Duration (in mins):   56-57 or 59
Duration (in feet):   5,294
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Cast:   John Wayne (Captain John Holmes)  
    Duke (A horse)  
    Ruth Hall (Dolores Castanares)  
    Luis Alberni (Felipe)  
    Donald Reed (Don Luis Gonzales)  
    Nina Quartero (Anita Garcia)  
    Francis Ford (Don Pablo Gonzales)  
    Lafe McKee (Don Jose Castanares)  
    Lillian Leighton (Juanita)  
    Charles Wittaker (Jake Morgan)  
    Chris-Pin Martin    

Summary: After it acquires the California territory from Spain, the United States government requires the holders of Spanish land grants to register their land or the land will become public domain. Don Pablo Gonzales, eager to acquire the lands of Don Jose Castanares, misleads Don Jose into believing that he should refuse to register. At the same time, Don Pablo's son Luis is pursuing Dolores, Don Jose's daughter. She does not love him, however, preferring to find a man of action. American soldier Captain John Holmes is dispatched to convince the land owners to register. On the way to Don Jose's, he rescues Dolores from her runaway coach. Luis is furious, as he instigated the attack so he could rescue Dolores and prove his manhood. By defending them, John acquires some allies in Felipe, a fortune-teller, and in Jake Morgan's gang. Dolores introduces John to her father as the man who saved her life. John explains the land registration to Don Jose, who agrees to register his land the next day. When Don Jose leaves home, however, Don Pablo kidnaps him and Dolores promises to marry Luis in order to free her father. After learning that Luis is engaged to Anita Garcia, the daughter of the saloon owner, John plans to have her substituted for Dolores before the wedding. He sends his horse, Duke, with a message for Morgan's men, and when they arrive, Don Pablo's duplicity is revealed. Dolores is now free to marry John with her father's blessing. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: A Four Star Western
Distribution Company: Vitagraph, Inc.  
Director: Mack V. Wright (Dir)
Producer: Leon Schlesinger (Pres)
  Sid Rogell (Assoc prod)
Writer: Lesley Mason (Scr and dial)
Photography: T. D. McCord (Photog)
Film Editor: Wm. Clemens (Film ed)
Music: Leo F. Forbstein (Mus score)
Country: United States

Songs: "Forget Me Not," composer unknown.

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Vitagraph, Inc. 10/6/1933 dd/mm/yyyy LP4004 Yes

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Noiseless Recording

Genre: Western
Sub-Genre: Historical
Subjects (Major): California--History--1846-1850
  Hispanic Americans
  Land claims
Subjects (Minor): Fortune-tellers
  Mistaken identity
  Sword fights

Note: According to press releases in the copyright records, most of the scenes were shot Providencia Ranch, Universal City, CA.  

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   16 Aug 33   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   8 Apr 33   p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily   16 Aug 33   p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald   26 Aug 33   p. 79.
Variety   22 Aug 33   p. 22.

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