Ramona (1928 film)

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Ramona
Poster of Ramona (1928 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Edwin Carewe
Written by Helen Hunt Jackson (novel)
Finis Fox
Starring Dolores del Río
Warner Baxter
Music by "Ramona" by Mabel Wayne and L. Wolfe Gilbert
Cinematography Robert Kurrle
Edited by Jeanne Spencer
Production
company
Inspiration Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • May 20, 1928 (1928-05-20)
Running time 80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

Ramona is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Edwin Carewe,[1] based on Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 novel Ramona, and starring Dolores del Rio and Warner Baxter.

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."[2]

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

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.

Preservation status[edit]

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.[3]

Cast[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Ramona". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ Mordaunt Hall, "An Indian Love Lyric", New York Times, 15 May 1928, accessed 1 February 2011
  3. ^ Aleiss, Angela (March 27, 2014). "Recovered and Restored: Ramona, Silent Movie by Chickasaw Filmmaker". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 

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