Sheet music from the 1928 Edwin Carewe picture, "Ramona," starring Dolores Del Rio,
the first "big name" of the screen to hail from Mexico.
Author Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 romantic novel "Ramona" was inspired in part by her impressions
of Camulos and its occupants, the descendants of Ygnacio del Valle. "Ramona" romanticized California
ranch life and drew Easterners out West a fact not lost on the Del Valles, who marketed Camulos as the
"Home of Ramona." Jackson’s epic gave rise to an annual play and several films, the most successful of which
was this one, starring Del Rio.
The Carewe picture was an 8-reeler adapted for the screen by Finis Fox and released May 20, 1928 by
United Artists and Inspiration Pictures.