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Madonna of the Desert (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 23 February 1948 (USA)
A jeweled Madonna, property of rancher Joe Salinas, attracts two crooks to his ranch, Monica Dell, a smooth operator, and ruthless Nick Julian. Joe believe that the statue has a miraculous ... See full summary »

Director:

George Blair

Writers:

Albert DeMond (screenplay), Frank Wisbar (story)
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Cast overview:
Lynne Roberts ... Monica Dale
Don 'Red' Barry ... Tony French (as Donald Barry)
Don Castle ... Joe Salinas
Sheldon Leonard ... Nick Julian
Paul Hurst ... Pete Connors
Roy Barcroft ... Buck Keaton
Paul E. Burns ... Hank Davenport
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Brown
Grazia Narciso Grazia Narciso ... Mama Baravelli
Martin Garralaga ... Papa Baravelli
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Peppo
Maria Genardi Maria Genardi ... Mrs. Pasquale
Renee Donatt ... Maria Baravelli
Vernon Cansino Vernon Cansino ... Enrico
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A jeweled Madonna, property of rancher Joe Salinas, attracts two crooks to his ranch, Monica Dell, a smooth operator, and ruthless Nick Julian. Joe believe that the statue has a miraculous power to ward off evil, and Monica, after a narrow escape from injury while trying to steal the statue, is converted to Joe's faith and refuses to go through with the robbery. Nick has no such intentions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Noir and Religion
2 February 2020 | by MikeF-6See all my reviews

The first title card says that this is a production of The Hollywood Television Service, but it was not a made-for, well, not exactly. Not at this date. The Hollywood Television Service was a unit of Republic Pictures whose job was to produce theatrical films of just under one hour in length ("Madonna" runs 59:46) and to edit existing programmers, especially westerns, down to that length to accommodate the growing TV market which had left networks and local stations desperate for content. That said, "Madonna Of The Desert" is an interesting, well acted, and sometimes even moving story of crime, redemption, and sentimental religion. Criminal con-man Nick Julian (Sheldon Leonard) reads a magazine story about a small statue of the Madonna owned by a California farmer (Don Castle) in a remote town. The article also reports that some believe it to date back to the middle ages and be very valuable. Nick enlists a sometimes partner in crime, a tough as nails dame named Monica Dale (Lynne Roberts), to seduce the farmer and switch out the stature for a plaster fake. Monica is well on her way to succeeding when she experiences what looks like a miracle from the Madonna. Slowly, she begins to question her way of life, but Nick is waiting nearby and expects results. Also featuring Don "Red" Berry as a rival thief. You will not have wasted your time by watching this.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La virgen del desierto See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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