Ramona (1916)

Drama | February 1916

Director:

Donald Crisp

Producer:

W. H. Clune

Production Designer:

John K. Holden

Production Company:

Clune Film Producing Co.
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HISTORY

Many of the scenes were shot at authentic period locations in California. Ramona was released in varying lengths. The director, Donald Crisp, appearing in the film as Jim Farrar, chose the pseudonym "James Needham." The film had its premiere at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles on 7 Feb 1916. In the Los Angeles showings, and possibly at other cities, the presentation included two stage settings showing a mission where men and women received the blessings of one of the Padres, and an Indian campfire scene in a valley in the mountains. Neither scene contained dialogue. The film opened in New York on 5 Apr 1916. Ramona was the first film of the Clune Film Producing Co., formed by W. H. Clune after the success of The Birth of a Nation , which had its premiere in Clune's Auditorium, convinced Clune and his general manager Lloyd Brown that the demand for big productions had not been met by the supply of these films. For information on other versions of Ramona , See Entry for the 1936 Twentieth Century-Fox film directed by Henry King and starring Loretta ... More Less

Many of the scenes were shot at authentic period locations in California. Ramona was released in varying lengths. The director, Donald Crisp, appearing in the film as Jim Farrar, chose the pseudonym "James Needham." The film had its premiere at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles on 7 Feb 1916. In the Los Angeles showings, and possibly at other cities, the presentation included two stage settings showing a mission where men and women received the blessings of one of the Padres, and an Indian campfire scene in a valley in the mountains. Neither scene contained dialogue. The film opened in New York on 5 Apr 1916. Ramona was the first film of the Clune Film Producing Co., formed by W. H. Clune after the success of The Birth of a Nation , which had its premiere in Clune's Auditorium, convinced Clune and his general manager Lloyd Brown that the demand for big productions had not been met by the supply of these films. For information on other versions of Ramona , See Entry for the 1936 Twentieth Century-Fox film directed by Henry King and starring Loretta Young. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
22 Apr 16
p. 937.
MPN
9 Oct 15
p. 74.
MPN
1 Apr 16
p. 1882.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4151, 4216
MPW
11 Sep 15
p. 1816.
MPW
22 Apr 16
p. 640.
New York Times
6 Apr 16
p. 11.
NYDM
19 Feb 16
p. 26.
NYDM
15 Apr 16
p. 28.
Variety
25 Feb 16
p. 23.
Variety
7 Apr 16
p. 21.
Wid's
13 Apr 16
p. 499.
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1916
Copyright Claimant:
W. H. Clune
Copyright Date:
3 April 1916
Copyright Number:
LU7994
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
10-14
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the nineteenth century, while white settlers in Southern California cruelly mistreat the Mission Indians, Alessandro, a full-blooded Indian, marries Ramona, who is half-Scot and half-Indian. Hounded by the prejudiced townspeople, the couple moves from community to community until one of the settlers murders ... +


During the nineteenth century, while white settlers in Southern California cruelly mistreat the Mission Indians, Alessandro, a full-blooded Indian, marries Ramona, who is half-Scot and half-Indian. Hounded by the prejudiced townspeople, the couple moves from community to community until one of the settlers murders Alessandro. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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