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Ramona (1928 film)

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Director  Edward Carewe
Screenplay  Finis Fox
Language  Silent
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Story by  Helen Hunt Jackson
Country  United States
Ramona (1928 film) movie poster
Release date  May 20, 1928 (1928-05-20)
Writer  Finis Fox (screenplay), Finis Fox (titles), Helen Hunt Jackson (novel)
Initial release  March 28, 1928 (Los Angeles)
Music director  Mabel Wayne, L. Wolfe Gilbert, Hugo Riesenfeld
Cast  Dolores del Río (Ramona), Warner Baxter (Alessandro), Roland Drew (Felipe), Vera Lewis (Señora Moreno)
Similar movies  San Andreas, Django Unchained, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Collateral, Full Metal Jacket

Ramona 1928 resurrecting the lost and forgotten silent gem

Ramona is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Edwin Carewe, based on Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 novel Ramona, and starring Dolores del Rio and Warner Baxter.


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Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times found much to praise in what he called "an Indian love lyric": "This current offering is an extraordinarily beautiful production, intelligently directed and, with the exception of a few instances, splendidly acted. The scenic effects are charming.... The different episodes are told discreetly and with a good measure of suspense and sympathy. Some of the characters have been changed to enhance the dramatic worth of the picture, but this is pardonable, especially when one considers this subject as a whole."

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This was the first United Artists film with a synchronized score and sound effects, but no dialogue, and so was not a talking picture.

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The story had been filmed by D. W. Griffith in 1910 with Mary Pickford, remade in 1916 with Adda Gleason, and again in 1936 with Loretta Young.

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Parts of the film were shot in Zion National Park, Springdale, and Cedar Breaks National Monument, all in Utah.

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Preservation status

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For decades, Ramona was thought to be lost until archivists rediscovered it in the Národní Filmový Archiv in Prague. The Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress later transferred Ramona’s highly flammable original nitrate film to acetate safety stock.

The restored version of the 1928 film had its world premiere in the Billy Wilder Theater at the University of California, Los Angeles on March 29, 2014. Carewe's older brother Finis Fox had written Ramona's screenplay and created its intertitles.


  • Dolores del Río as Ramona
  • Warner Baxter as Alessandro
  • Roland Drew as Felipe
  • Vera Lewis as Señora Moreno
  • Michael Visaroff as Juan Canito
  • John T. Prince as Father Salvierderra
  • Mathilde Comont as Marda
  • Carlos Amor as Sheepherder
  • Jess Cavin as Bandit Leader
  • Rita Carewe as Baby
  • References

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