Rose of the Rancho (1936 film)

Rose of the Rancho is a 1936 American action film directed by Marion Gering and written by Frank Partos, Charles Brackett, Nat Perrin and Arthur Sheekman, adapted from the play of the same name by David Belasco and Richard Walton Tully. The film stars John Boles, Gladys Swarthout, Charles Bickford, Grace Bradley, Willie Howard and Herb Williams. It was released on January 10, 1936, by Paramount Pictures.[1]

Rose of the Rancho
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarion Gering
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Screenplay byFrank Partos
Charles Brackett
Nat Perrin
Arthur Sheekman
David Belasco (play)
Richard Walton Tully
StarringJohn Boles
Gladys Swarthout
Charles Bickford
Grace Bradley
Willie Howard
Herb Williams
Music byErich Wolfgang Korngold
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byHugh Bennett
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 10, 1936 (1936-01-10)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States




Rose of the Rancho is one of five movies produced by Paramount in the 1930s featuring Gladys Swarthout, a very popular Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano. The studio was attempting to build on the popularity of Grace Moore, another opera singer, who had also expanded her talents into movies.[2]


Andre Sennwald of The New York Times said, "Gladys Swarthout's voice can be heard, if you listen carefully, above the groans and bone-creakings of the plot in Rose of the Rancho at the Paramount Theatre. With an ambitiousness that must have seemed more plausible in the studio conferences than in the pre-view room, Paramount has converted David Belasco's ancient hack-piece into an elaborate musical horse opera. It is the misfortune of the film that, instead of combining the most fascinating qualities of operetta and the six-shooter drama, it merely accents the weaknesses of both forms in one handsome blur."[3]

Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a mildly negative review. Greene praised the acting of Gladys Swarthmore, but criticized the acting of John Boles as "particularly unsympathetic". Speaking favorably, Greene noted that "it is without [] bogus seriousness, [] artiness, [and] pomposity", however his ultimate conclusion was that it was "a very long way indeed from being a good film".[4]

See also


  1. "Rose of the Rancho (1936) - Overview". 1936-01-07. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  2. "Champagne Waltz (Paramount)". Time magazine. January 25, 1937. Retrieved 2013-12-21. The perennial and expensive effort to make a Grace Moore out of Gladys Swarthout seemed to have more logic some time ago when Miss Moore was a more important box-office draw.
  3. Sennwald, Andre (1936-01-09). "Movie Review - Rose of the Rancho - Gladys Swarthout in "Rose of the Rancho," at the Paramount - "Last of the Pagans."". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  4. Greene, Graham (6 March 1936). "Rose of the Rancho/Jack of all Trades". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 56. ISBN 0192812866.)

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