Mexican Film Actress Dolores Del Rio ~ Ramona (1928)

Mexican Film Actress Dolores Del Rio (1905-1983) / Ramona (Gilbert-Wayne) / Recorded: 1928 —

I wander out yonder o’er the hills
Where the mountains high, seem to kiss the sky
Someone’s up yonder o’er the hills
Waiting patiently, waiting just for me

Ramona, I hear the mission bells above
Ramona, they’re ringing out our song of love
I press you, caress you
And bless the day you taught me to care
I’ll always remember
The rambling rose you wore in your hair

Ramona, when the day is done you’ll hear my call
Ramona, we’ll meet beside the waterfall
I dread the dawn
When I awake to find you gone
Ramona, I need you, my own

Ramona, when the day is done you’ll hear my call
Ramona, we’ll meet beside the waterfall
I dread the dawn
When I awake to find you gone
Ramona, I need you, my own

Ramona is a 1928 silent drama film directed by Edwin Carewe, based on Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel Ramona. It starred Dolores del Rio and Warner Baxter. A copy still survives in the Czech Film Archive. Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times found much to praise in what he called “an Indian love lyric”: “This current offering is an extraordinarily beautiful production, intelligently directed and, with the exception of a few instances, splendidly acted. The scenic effects are charming and there is for the most part an admirable restraint throughout this drama of Southern California. The different episodes are told discreetly and with a good measure of suspense and sympathy. Some of the characters have been changed to enhance the dramatic worth of the picture, but this is pardonable, especially when one considers this subject as a whole.” This was the first United Artist film with a synchronized score, but was not a talking picture. (wikipedia)

Dolores del Río (August 3, 1905 in Durango, Mexico — April 11, 1983 in Newport Beach, California) ~ Mexican film actress, a star in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. She was considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, a mythical figure in Latin America and quintessential representation of the feminine face of Mexico in the world. During the 1920’s and 1930’s in Hollywood, Dolores was considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, a sort of female version of Rudolph Valentino, the “Latin lover” in the silent films. Her career flourished until the end of the silent era, with success in films such as Resurrection (1927), Ramona (1928) and Evangeline (1929). She was one of the few superstars of the silent era to adapt to the talkies in Hollywood. She filmed success films like Bird of Paradise (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933), Madame Du Barry, Wonder Bar (1934) and Journey into Fear (1942). She was married to the MGM’s art designer Cedric Gibbons. She also had a four-year relationship with Orson Welles. She was with him during the filming of Citizen Kane. Welles considered her the great love of his life. When del Río returned to Mexico, under the guidance of the director Emilio Fernández, she became the most important star of the Golden age of Mexican cinema. The 1943 film Maria Candelaria is considered her masterpiece from this time. She was the first Latin American female star to be recognized internationally. The FULL wikipedia article can be found here:


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14 Responses to “Mexican Film Actress Dolores Del Rio ~ Ramona (1928)

  • The film is still exist today?

  • Cette chanson est une merveille Elle était faite pour être chantée en Espagnol Elle aurait du faire un carton ;mais assez mal interprettée Bon sang ;;quel dommage

  • Dolores sings this well. The best version I've heard is by Gene Austin.

  • Este tema de Dolores del Río forma parte de repertorio y tomo nota para interpretarlo en su honor, en breves días. Es un tema que me gusta mucho y ella decía: Ramona en castellano, en español, claro.

  • Why was Ramona sung by Dolores instead of a man, for whom the lyric was written?

  • The song "Ramona" was born in the United States in 1927 as a song / waltz. The lyrics are by Louis Wolfe Gilbert (August 31, 1886 – July 12, 1970) and the music is by Mabel Wayne (July 16, 1904 – June 19, 1978). 
    This beautiful song was declared by consensus with the majority of radio listeners, "The best song of the twentieth century," in the radio program entitled "The Song of the Century" SER (Spanish Broadcasting Company) chain, which broadcast the program once a week, back in the 60s. 
    In Spanish they have sung with different letters-though Carlos Gardel, The Blue Diamonds, The Dynamic Duo, Raphael, …, among some others.

  • I have my Mum's old sheet music of this song with lyrics in French and English

  • She sang and acted the part

  • beautiful

  • Absolutely beautiful song and singing. Boy, you could cut that accent with a knife:-) Today she could do it in Spanish without problem. The U.S. is now the 3rd largest Spanish speaking country in the world!

  • Charming. Del Rio's recording of "Ya va cayendo" can be heard in the Pearl CD collection Why Ever Did They? Hollywood Stars at the Microphone.

  • Thank YOU… Cheers!

  • Hi Nate: Yes, according to all soures, this is very much Dolores Del Rio. Cheers. Doug —

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