Daughter of Don Q

Daughter of Don Q (1946) is a Republic Movie serial. It combines elements of the B-Western genre with contemporary crime films, especially the popular "land grab" plot in which the villain attempts to steal apparently worthless land from the heroine (in this case) because he secretly knows it is worth a fortune. In this case, Dolores Quantero, is the rightful heir to extremely valuable metropolitan land which another familt member, Carlos Manning, wants for himself.

Daughter of Don Q
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Fred C. Brannon
Produced byRonald Davidson
Written byAlbert DeMond
Basil Dickey
Jesse Duffy
Lynn Perkins
StarringLorna Gray
Kirk Alyn
LeRoy Mason
Roy Barcroft
Claire Meade
Kernan Cripps
Music byCy Feuer (director)
Raoul Kraushaar (director)
Mort Glickman
CinematographyBud Thackery
Edited byCliff Bell Sr.
Harold Minter
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • July 27, 1946 (1946-07-27)[1]
Running time
12 chapters / 167 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$137,988 (negative cost: $140,156)[1]


Delores Quantero is the descendant of Zorro-style hero, Don Quantero, who was granted land by the Spanish crown. This grant, which is still legally valid, now covers the business district of the city. Another descendant, Carlos Manning, has discovered the existence of this document and plots to inherit the fortune by murdering his relatives.


  • Lorna Gray as Dolores Quantero, heiress and heroine (billed as Adrian Booth)
  • Kirk Alyn as Cliff Roberts, reporter aiding Dolores
  • LeRoy Mason as Carlos Manning, villain
  • Roy Barcroft as Mel Donovan
  • Claire Meade as Marie Martinez
  • Kernan Cripps as Inspector Grogan
  • Jimmy Ames as Romero
  • Eddie Parker in multiple small roles including "Store Clerk" and "Henchman"
  • Tom Steele in multiple small roles including "Streetsweep" and "Bomb thug"


Daughter of Don Q was budgeted at $137,988 although the final negative cost was $140,156 (a $2,168, or 1.6%, overspend).[1]

At 1.6% overbudget this was low for a Republic serial, with an average over all 66 of 5.7% over and especially considering the subsequent serial, The Crimson Ghost, would exceed its budget by 16.9%. Although budgeted to be the most expensive Republic serial of 1946, The Crimson Ghost took that title with its final negative cost of $161,174.[1]

It was filmed between 3 January and 30 January 1946.[1] The serial's production number was 1596.[1]

Special effects

Special effects by the Lydecker brothers



Daughter of Don Q's official release date is 27 July 1946, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Multiple Murder (20min)
  2. Vendetta (13min 20s)
  3. Under the Knives (13min 20s)
  4. Race to Destruction (13min 20s)
  5. Blackout (13min 20s)
  6. Forged Evidence (13min 20s)
  7. Execution by Error (13min 20s)
  8. Window to Death (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  9. The Juggernaut (13min 20s)
  10. Cremation (13min 20s)
  11. Glass Guillotine (13min 20s)
  12. Dead Man's Vengeance (13min 20s)


Note: All serials produced by Republic in 1946 were 12 chapters long and this was the first year that no 15-chapter serials were produced by the serial. Almost all future Republic serials would follow this 12-chapter limit until the last was released in 1955.[1]

See also


  1. Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, , 92–93. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 243. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
King of the Forest Rangers (1946)
Republic Serial
Daughter of Don Q (1946)
Succeeded by
The Crimson Ghost (1946)

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