Ramona

Ramona

Movie: Ramona
Director: Henry King
Produced by: 20th Century Fox, Sol M. Wurtzel Productions
Released By: 20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating: NR

First filmed in 1910, the venerable Helen Hunt Jackson novel Ramona was remade in 1936 in full Technicolor. Loretta Young plays Ramona, a half-Indian girl raised by a white family in Spanish California. She falls in love with the young man of the household, but her joy turns to sorrow when the matriarch of the household expresses disgust at “race-mixing.” Ramona turns instead to the family’s Native American servant, a relationship that proves fatal for him. Ramona is rare for a 1930s film in that it depicts its racist characters as being totally in the wrong, rather than treating them compassionately so as not to offend the bigots in the audience.

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