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A Message to Garcia (1936)





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The real "message to Garcia" was delivered by an American lieutenant to Cuban rebel General Garcia, asking for the General's help in the Spanish-American war. The fact that the lieutenant made his way to Garcia in absolute safety was ignored in 20th Century-Fox's Message to Garcia--which is just as well, since otherwise the movie would have been eight minutes long. In the film version, lieutenant John Boles is guided through the treacherous Cuban jungle by Barbara Stanwyck, doing her best to convince us that she's an Hispanic senorita. Also along for the trip is renegade marine Wallace Beery, who may not be as friendly as he seems. Fighting off Spaniards and spies at every turn, Boles successfully completes his mission. As history, Message to Garcia is about as reliable as the Hearst newspaper dispatches which triggered the Spanish-American war in the first place.


John Boles
as Andrew Rowan
Wallace Beery
as Sergeant Dory
Barbara Stanwyck
as Raphaelita Maderos
Alan Hale
as Doctor Ivan Krug
Herbert Mundin
as Henry Piper
Juan Torena
as Luis Maderos
Enrique Acosta
as Gen. Garcia
Jose Luis Tortosa
as Pasquale Castova
Mona Barrie
as Spanish Spy
Juan Duval
as Sentry
Count Stefanelli
as Raphaelita's Father
Fredrik Vogeding
as German Stoker
Philip Morris
as Army Officer
Fred Goday
as Citizen
Pedro Vinas
as Servant
Octavio Giraud
as Spanish Commandant
Pat Moriarity
as Irish Stoker
Lucio Villegas
as Commandant
Art Dupuis
as Waiter
Dell Henderson
as President McKinley
Manuel Paris
as Lieutenant
George Irving
as Col. Wagner
Fred Godoy
as Citizen
John Carradine
as Pres. McKinley
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Turgid, set bound drama with some wild miscasting in central roles. Beery is believable as a renegade wanderer looking for the prime advantage but he's the only actor that really seems to fit. The most ludicrous of all is Barbara Stanwyck, a great actress yes but a Cuban senorita? never! The couldn't have borrowed Lupe Velez or Dolores del Rio? All great stars have turkeys in their filmographies this is one for both Missy and Wally Beery. Just so much studio fodder to fill a double bill.

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