A Message to Garcia

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • UPC: 024543873839
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,880

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Beery Sgt. Dory
Barbara Stanwyck Raphaelita Maderos
John Boles Lt. Andrew Rowan
Alan Hale Dr. Krue
Herbert Mundin Henry Piper
Mona Barrie Spanish Spy
Enrique Acosta Gen. Garcia
Juan Torena Luis Maderos
Martin Garralaga Rodriquez
Blanca Vischer Chiquita
Jose Luis Tortosa Pasquale Castova
Lucio Villegas Commandant
Fredrik Vogeding German Stoker
Octavio Giraud Spanish Commandant
Iris Adrian
Sam Appel
Davison Clark Admiral
David Clyde
Dell Henderson William McKinley
George Irving Col. Wagner
Si Jenks
Carlos Montalban
Philip Morris Army Officer
Manuel Paris Lieutenant
Manuel Pelufo
Pat Moriarity Irish Stoker
Warren Hymer Sailor
Juan Duval Sentry
Count Stefanelli Ralphaelita's Father
Fred Godoy Citizen
Art Dupuis Waiter
John Carradine Voice Only
Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
William S. Darling Production Designer
Gene Fowler Screenwriter
Raymond Griffith Associate Producer
Sam Hellman Screenwriter
Gladys Lehman Screenwriter
Herbert Levy Editor
W.P. Lipscomb Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Louis Silvers Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
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