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A Message to Garcia

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During the Spanish/American war, an American officer tries to deliver a message of cooperation from President McKinley to revolutionary Cuban General Garcia. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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  • Actors: John Boles, Barbara Stanwyck, Wallace Beery
  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Writers: Gene Fowler, Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, W.P. Lipscomb
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BGGIWWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The story line is a young Army officer (John Boles) is hand picked to deliver a personal message from the US president to a guerilla leader in Cuba who is trying to overthrow the Spanish gov't. He has all sorts of problems along the way and meets a girl (a VERY young Barbara Stanwyck) and an old Marine deserter (Wallace Berry).....after fighting Spanish troops, spies, the Cuban jungle, bandits, and others, he eventually delivers the message....and is the "hero"......pretty good story with lots of action.......was probably a hit when released....
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The DVD release of this 1936 20th Century Fox Film is mediocre. It is grainy in some places...but acceptable. Its not bad but not good either. So, also, for the movie. Wallace Beery is an acquired taste. John Boles, a handsome leading man of the 1930's is fine as the hero. But poor Barbara Stanwyck.....even with her brilliant acting skills she is straining credibility as a Cuban Senorita. She has been photographed beautifully with false eye lashes and lip gloss galore. There are even a couple of stunning close-ups of her. But she is miscast in this so-so melodrama. It is exciting in some places but the mediocre DVD transfer distracts considerably.

If the DVD transfer had been better the film would have been much more enjoyable. That said, it is always a treat to watch Stanwyck, even when she is miscast. She always brings things up to her level which is first class. Stanwyck's work has always been first class, even when applied to material that is not. This is not first class material. It's o.k. ....merely o.k.
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I have been exposed to the essay version of "A Message to Garcia" ever since I was a teenager, and never new there was a movie version. Because I was oriented toward the essay version, I didn't know what to expect, but I did find the movie interesting, and, because I new the essay, predictable in its ending.
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"A Message to Garcia" is a 1936 black and white historical drama based on the 1899 essay of the same name concerning the 1898 Spanish-American War, most of which is focused on Cuba.

John Boles plays the man entrusted with the message, and he is helped along the way by Barbara Stanwyck and Wallace Beery, all the while being pursued by the evil Dr. Krug played by Alan Hale Sr.

John Boles (1895-1969) is little known today, but he was popular in the silent and early talkie period, perhaps best known for his role as Mae Clarke's friend (Victor Moritz) in "Frankenstein" (1931) and as Barbara Stanwyck's husband in "Stella Dallas" (1937).

Wallace Beery (1885-1949) was one of the biggest villains in the silent era. His work in 1930 ("Big House", "Min and Bill", "Billy the Kid") followed by the best actor award in 1931 for "The Champ" elevated Beery to the A list where he remained and made such memorable films as "Treasure Island" (1934), "Viva Villa" (1934), and "China Seas" (1935). Here he is at the peak of his popularity and gives his usual performance.

Sultry Barbara Stanwyck (1907-90) made more than 80 films and was nominated 4 times for an Oscar ("Stella Dallas", "Ball of Fire", "Double Indemnity", "Sorry Wrong Number"). She won 3 Emmys ("The Barbara Stanwyck Show", "Big Valley"). AFI lists her as # 11 among the "Top 100 Greatest Screen Legends". She plays a senorita sans accent, with bobbed hair and Hollywood make-up, and appears to sleep walk through the film.

Alan Hale Sr. (1892-1950) is best known as the frequent sidekick to Errol Flynn in films such as "Robin Hood" (1938), "Dodge City" (1939), "Virginia City" (1940), "The Sea Hawk" (1940), "Santa fe Trail" (1940), and "Gentleman Jim" (1942).
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