Madonna of the Desert (February 23, 1948)

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Madonna of the Desert
 

Released on February 23, 1948: Two gangsters and a gangster gal try to steal a jewel encrusted statue of the Madonna from an unsuspecting rancher.

Produced by Stephen Auer

Directed by George Blair

The Actors: Lynne Roberts (Monica Dale), Don 'Red' Barry (Tony French, aka Jim Blake), Don Castle (Joe Salinas), Sheldon Leonard (Nick Julian), Paul Hurst (Pete Connors), Roy Barcroft (Buck Keaton), Paul E. Burns (Hank Davenport, antique shop owner), Betty Blythe (Mrs. Brown), Grazia Narciso (Mama Baravelli), Frank Yaconelli (Peppo), Martin Garralaga (Papa Baravelli), Maria Genardi (Mrs. Pasquale), Renee Donatt (Maria Baravelli-Baccigalupi), Vernon Cansino (Enrico Baccigalupi)

 

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The Bride, the Bimbo and the Magic Madonna

Do you believe in Magic? Hundreds of years ago someone in Spain created a statue of the Madonna out of ivory and encrusted it with many perfect jewels. A Conquistador who settled in the Western part of the America brings it with him and now, in 1948, the bejeweled Madonna sits on a small altar in the front room of a rancher. Gangster Nick Julian, played by Sheldon Leonard, reads a story of the statue in an art magazine and decides that the priceless bejeweled statue will be his. Nick has an art dealer friend create a perfect duplicate statue and then hires a beautiful woman who has helped him pull off robbery jobs in the past. Gangster gal Monica Dale, played by Lynne Roberts, will take the phony duplicate statue to the ranch and put a little loving on the bachelor rancher who now owns the statue while she makes the switch with the phony statue. Joe Salinas now owns the statue, and he seems to be a very trusting fellow who doesn’t seem terribly concerned about protecting it . . . . He seems to be a simple and maybe stupid farmer. . . . He claims that the statue is special and can protect itself . . . It has magical powers . . . It will always bring amazing luck to everyone near it . . . It will magically bring good luck to anyone with good intentions, and it will bring horrible luck to anyone with evil intentions. The gangster gal with the phony Madonna gets near the ranch and pulls a wire from her car engine and walks the rest of the way to the ranch. Rancher Joe welcomes her and invites her inside for a beverage, and when Monica gets inside she discovers that the jewel encrusted statue is gone . . . . Rancher Joe has loaned the statue to neighbors who are celebrating the wedding of their daughter, and they wanted the statue at the wedding to bring good luck to the newlyweds. No problem, rancher Joe is enchanted with the gangster bimbo and invites her to go to the reception with him. The statue is at the reception on a stand between two candelabras and when no one is watching Monica walks over to it and quietly switches the phony statue in her purse with the priceless statue on the table. . . . But suddenly . . . . Without warning . . . . Her purse accidentally gets caught on the table cloth and the candles fall over starting the table cloth and her dress on fire . . . The fire spreads quickly as Monica screams and runs back to the dancing wedding party with her dress ablaze and the priceless statue hidden in her purse. . . . . Do you believe in Magic? . . . . . I do . . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Don 'Red' Barry
Don 'Red' Barry
Don Castle
Don Castle
Don Castle
Don Castle
Don 'Red' Barry
Don 'Red' Barry
Don 'Red' Barry
Don 'Red' Barry
Frank Yaconelli and Martin Garralaga
Frank Yaconelli and Martin Garralaga
Garzia Narciso and Maria Genardi
Garzia Narciso and Maria Genardi
Lynne Roberts
Lynne Roberts
Lynn Roberts and Don Castle
Lynn Roberts and Don Castle
Lynn Roberts and Paul Hurst
Lynn Roberts and Paul Hurst
Lynn Roberts and Don Castle
Lynn Roberts and Don Castle
Lynn Roberts
Lynn Roberts
Martin Garralaga and Frank Yaconelli
Martin Garralaga and Frank Yaconelli
Martin Garralaga, Lynn Roberts, Vernon Cansino and Grazia Narciso
Martin Garralaga, Lynn Roberts, Vernon Cansino and Grazia Narciso
Paul E. Burns and Sheldon Leonard
Paul E. Burns and Sheldon Leonard
Paul E. Burns
Paul E. Burns
Paul Hurst and Don Castle
Paul Hurst and Don Castle
Sheldon Leonard and Lynne Roberts
Sheldon Leonard and Lynne Roberts
Sheldon Leonard and Paul E. Burns
Sheldon Leonard and Paul E. Burns
Sheldon Leonard, Paul Hurst and Don Castle
Sheldon Leonard, Paul Hurst and Don Castle
Sheldon Leonard and Paul Hurst
Sheldon Leonard and Paul Hurst
Sheldon Leonard and Roy Barcroft
Sheldon Leonard and Roy Barcroft
Sheldon Leonard
Sheldon Leonard
Vernon Cansino and Renee Donatt
Vernon Cansino and Renee Donatt