Daughter of the West (1949)

77 mins | Western | 15 February 1949

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Daughter of Ramona . The Var review noted that the story deals with "the daughter of Ramona, heroine of an earlier book-film classic." In 1936, Fox released Ramona , which starred Loretta Young and Don Ameche and was directed by Henry King (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title of this film was Daughter of Ramona . The Var review noted that the story deals with "the daughter of Ramona, heroine of an earlier book-film classic." In 1936, Fox released Ramona , which starred Loretta Young and Don Ameche and was directed by Henry King (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3616). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Apr 1949.
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Daily Variety
28 Mar 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Apr 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 48
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 48
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Apr 49
p. 4558.
Variety
30 Mar 49
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
Based on orig mus by
Based on orig mus by
SOUND
Sd eng
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod asst
COLOR PERSONNEL
Cinecolor consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Daughter of Ramona by Robert E. Callahan (New York, 1930).
SONGS
"Autumn Harvest," words and music by Victor Granados and Juan Duval.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Daughter of Ramona
Release Date:
15 February 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Martin Mooney Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 March 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2283
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,930
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13475
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At her home at California's Mission San Juan Capistrano, Lolita Moreno, who unknown to her is the daughter of the slain Indian heroine Ramona, prepares to leave for a new teaching job at a Navajo reservation in Arizona. Before she boards the stagecoach, Lolita says farewell to her guardian, Father Vallejo, who gives her a cross pendant which belonged to her mother, but does not reveal her mother's identity. When the stage is still several miles from the reservation, the driver stops and explains that his route ends there. Dismayed, Lolita gets out, then agrees to deliver a package to a reservation resident named Navo White Eagle. Sometime later, Navo arrives in a horse-driven cart, collects the package from Lolita and offers her a lift to the reservation. When they arrive, Navo takes Lolita to her hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Beggs, who operate the reservation's trading post. There, Lolita meets the man who hired her, Indian agent Ralph Connors, who is secretly planning to steal some of the reservation's land because of a rich copper vein located there. Later, the chief's daughter Okeema quarrels with her lover Yuba, who has sensed her feelings for Navo. Yuba tells Connors that Navo has been selected as the tribe's new spokesman, and after he overhears Navo rejecting Okeema's romantic advances, Connors persuades her to come to his office that evening. There, Connors gives Okeema an ink pad, tells her to put her fingerprints onto a stack of documents bearing his agency's letterhead, then tries to seduce her. Later, Navo's mother Wateeka invites Lolita to dinner, and comments on Lolita's crucifix, saying she recalls seeing ... +


At her home at California's Mission San Juan Capistrano, Lolita Moreno, who unknown to her is the daughter of the slain Indian heroine Ramona, prepares to leave for a new teaching job at a Navajo reservation in Arizona. Before she boards the stagecoach, Lolita says farewell to her guardian, Father Vallejo, who gives her a cross pendant which belonged to her mother, but does not reveal her mother's identity. When the stage is still several miles from the reservation, the driver stops and explains that his route ends there. Dismayed, Lolita gets out, then agrees to deliver a package to a reservation resident named Navo White Eagle. Sometime later, Navo arrives in a horse-driven cart, collects the package from Lolita and offers her a lift to the reservation. When they arrive, Navo takes Lolita to her hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Beggs, who operate the reservation's trading post. There, Lolita meets the man who hired her, Indian agent Ralph Connors, who is secretly planning to steal some of the reservation's land because of a rich copper vein located there. Later, the chief's daughter Okeema quarrels with her lover Yuba, who has sensed her feelings for Navo. Yuba tells Connors that Navo has been selected as the tribe's new spokesman, and after he overhears Navo rejecting Okeema's romantic advances, Connors persuades her to come to his office that evening. There, Connors gives Okeema an ink pad, tells her to put her fingerprints onto a stack of documents bearing his agency's letterhead, then tries to seduce her. Later, Navo's mother Wateeka invites Lolita to dinner, and comments on Lolita's crucifix, saying she recalls seeing it on a young bride at the Mission San Diego. At a harvest festival hosted by Connors, Navo finds the drunken chiefs sleeping in the back of Yuba's wagon. After Yuba is arrested, he is shot in the back by Connors' henchman, Jed Morgan. Later, Jed and a vengeful Okeema implicate Navo in the shooting, and he is arrested. When the chief learns of the charge, he obtains permission from Connors to administer tribal justice to Navo. The tribe decides to banish Navo from the reservation, but he refuses to leave, and instead, demands a trial by fire. Navo then walks several feet over burning hot embers to prove his innocence. After she overhears Connors saying that he plans to kidnap and marry Lolita, Okeema guiltily confesses her misdeed to Wateeka, while Navo eavesdrops. Later, Lolita reports to a fort, where warrants are issued for the arrest of Connors and Jed. When Okeema kills herself by jumping from a bridge, the chief, who knows that his daughter died for Connors' love, buries her on the land adjoining Connors' office in protest of his actions. After Connors and Jed try to escape with the illegally obtained land transfers, they are captured and sentenced to death. Later, Navo is appointed Indian agent for the reservation, and he and Lolita kiss. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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