Daughter of Don Q
|Daughter of Don Q|
|Directed by||Spencer Gordon Bennet
Fred C. Brannon
|Produced by||Ronald Davidson|
|Written by||Albert DeMond
|Music by||Cy Feuer (director)
Raoul Kraushaar (director)
|Edited by||Cliff Bell Sr.
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
|12 chapters / 167 minutes|
|Budget||$137,988 (negative cost: $140,156)|
Daughter of Don Q (1946) is a Republic Movie serial. It combines elements of the B-Western genre with contemporary crime films, especially the popular "land grab" plot in which the villain attempts to steal apparently worthless land from the heroine (in this case) because he secretly knows it is worth a fortune. In this case, Dolores Quantero, is the rightful heir to extremely valuable metropolitan land which another familt member, Carlos Manning, wants for himself.
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Delores Quantero is the descendant of Zorro-style hero, Don Quantero, who was granted land by the Spanish crown. This grant, which is still legally valid, now covers the business district of the city. Another descendant, Carlos Manning, has discovered the existence of this document and plots to inherit the fortune by murdering his relatives.
- Lorna Gray as Dolores Quantero, heiress and heroine (billed as Adrian Booth)
- Kirk Alyn as Cliff Roberts, reporter aiding Dolores
- LeRoy Mason as Carlos Manning, villain
- Roy Barcroft as Mel Donovan
- Claire Meade as Marie Martinez
- Kernan Cripps as Inspector Grogan
- Jimmy Ames as Romero
- Eddie Parker in multiple small roles including "Store Clerk" and "Henchman"
- Tom Steele in multiple small roles including "Streetsweep" and "Bomb thug"
At 1.6% overbudget this was low for a Republic serial, with an average over all 66 of 5.7% over and especially considering the subsequent serial, The Crimson Ghost, would exceed its budget by 16.9%. Although budgeted to be the most expensive Republic serial of 1946, The Crimson Ghost took that title with its final negative cost of $161,174.
Special effects by the Lydecker brothers
Daughter of Don Q's official release date is 27 July 1946, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.
- Multiple Murder (20min)
- Vendetta (13min 20s)
- Under the Knives (13min 20s)
- Race to Destruction (13min 20s)
- Blackout (13min 20s)
- Forged Evidence (13min 20s)
- Execution by Error (13min 20s)
- Window to Death (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
- The Juggernaut (13min 20s)
- Cremation (13min 20s)
- Glass Guillotine (13min 20s)
- Dead Man's Vengeance (13min 20s)
Note: All serials produced by Republic in 1946 were 12 chapters long and this was the first year that no 15-chapter serials were produced by the serial. Almost all future Republic serials would follow this 12-chapter limit until the last was released in 1955.
King of the Forest Rangers (1946)
Daughter of Don Q (1946)
The Crimson Ghost (1946)