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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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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
Music by Mabel Wayne
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert See more