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Ramona (1928)

In early California, Señora Morena (Vera Lewis) runs a large sheep ranch. Her son and heir Felipe (Roland Drew) has fallen in love with her adopted daughter Ramona (Dolores Del Rio), though... See full synopsis »


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


In early California, Señora Morena (Vera Lewis) runs a large sheep ranch. Her son and heir Felipe (Roland Drew) has fallen in love with her adopted daughter Ramona (Dolores Del Rio), though she loves him only as a brother. It is sheep-shearing time, and the Temecula Indian Alessandro (Warner Baxter) arrives with his band to take on the task. Alessandro and Ramona fall in love, but Señora Morena tells Ramona that she can't allow her to marry below her station. She also lets Ramona know that her mother had been an Indian, which convinces Ramona that there is no barrier to her marriage to Alessandro, and they elope into the mountains. Several years later Alessandro and Ramona have a child and a house near an Indian village. The child becomes ill, and dies after the white doctor refuses to treat Indians. Then a group of "marauders" (white Californians) attacks the Indian village, massacring the inhabitants, burning the houses, and stealing the livestock. Ramona and Alessandro escape to ...

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Release Date:

17 April 1928 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

ラモナ(1927) See more »

Filming Locations:

Zion National Park, Utah, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Inspiration Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "Ramona", whilst not featuring in the film itself, was specially written by Mabel Wayne (music) and L. Wolfe Gilbert (lyric) for Dolores del Rio to sing during promotional appearances for the film. It is thought to be the first instance of a song being "inspired" by a film. See more »


Alessandro is wearing a wrist watch. See more »


Version of Ramona (1946) See more »


Music by Mabel Wayne
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
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Pathos in Old Mexico
12 August 2015 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Ramona" is a women's picture all the way. There is much weeping, strife and bitterness and, of course, redemption at the end. This version is the third of four that have been brought to the screen since 1910 and is the last silent rendition. It is an oddity in that it is a romance/western, and there are very few of those.

As stated by the reviewer above, it stars Warner Baxter, and Dolores Del Rio as Ramona. The picture gets a big boost by the presence of hatchet-faced Vera Lewis as Ramona's step-mother, who steals each scene she's in with her fierce presence. By turns, the three principals suffer and reflect a great deal of sorrow. Often the mood is broken by cue cards, this being a silent picture, and so the level of grief is ramped up to bridge the presence of the cue cards. No such problem existed with the 1936 sound version. Overall I thought this silent version was more effective in conveying the feelings of the players.

This film played last week at Capitolfest in Rome,N.Y. A print was found in the Czechoslovakian Film Library and was updated and restored by the Library of Congress.

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