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Rose of the Golden West
Director: George Fitzmaurice (Dir)
Release Date:   2 Oct 1927
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 25 Sep 1927
Duration (in feet):   6,477
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Mary Astor (Elena)  
    Gilbert Roland (Juan)  
    Gustav von Seyffertitz (Gómez)  
    Montagu Love (General Vallero)  
    Flora Finch (SeÑora Comba)  
    Harvey Clark (Thomas Larkin)  
    Roel Muriel (Mother Superior)  
    André Cheron (Russian prince)  
    Romaine Fielding (Secretary)  
    Thur Fairfax (Orderly)  
    William Conklin (Commander Sloat)  
    Christina Montt (Señorita González)  
    Cullen Tate    

Summary: In 1846, California patriots join forces to avert a suspected plan of dictator General Vallero to sell out to Russia. Juan, a handsome youth, is selected to crush the plot, preventing his plan to elope with Elena, a convent novice. General Vallero, actually Elena's father, visits the convent, tells her he is a friend of her dead father, and takes her to Monterey; en route, Juan stops Vallero's runaway team, winning the general's profuse thanks. Both men remain unaware of each other's identity. Believing he has been tricked, Juan is about to fulfill his mission during a fiesta when he is seized by soldiers; later he returns to Vallero's home and is recaptured and sentenced to be shot. Elena manages, however, to summon marines from a warship in the bay; Juan is saved from death, and he and Elena are reunited. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: George Fitzmaurice (Dir)
Producer: Richard A. Rowland (Pres)
Writer: Bess Meredyth (Scen and adpt)
  Philip Bartholomae (Scen and adpt)
  Mort Blumenstock (Titles)
Photography: Lee Garmes (Dir of photog)
Costumes: Max Rée (Cost)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the short story "Rose of the Golden West" by Minna Caroline Smith and Eugenie Woodward (publication undetermined).
Authors: Eugenie Woodward
  Minna Caroline Smith

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 3/10/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24462

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Genre: Romance
Subjects (Major): California--History--To 1846
  Monterey (CA)
  United States. Marine Corps


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
MPW   8 Oct 1927.   
New York Times   26 Sep 27   p. 27.
Variety   28 Sep 27   p. 25.

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