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The Dark Horse (1932)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  16 June 1932 (USA)
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Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Kay Russell
Zachary Hicks
Vivienne Osborne ...
Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife
Sam Hardy ...
Mr. Black
Harry Holman ...
Mr. Jones
Charles Sellon ...
Mr. Green
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Sheriff (as Robert E. O'Connor)
William A. Underwood
Robert Warwick ...
Mr. Clark


Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) as campaign manager. Hal is in jail for falling behind in his alimony payments to Maybelle, but Kay convinces the politicians to seem him in prison, Impressed with the speech they hear him deliver to a cellmate, the committee pays Hal's fine and back alimony payments. Hal takes on the campaign and several marital arrangements. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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16 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Czarny rumak  »

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[repeated line]
Zachary Hicks: Yes...and, then again, no.
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Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse and Arthur Sullivan
Played at the convention
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Bet on Bette Davis and Warren William!
15 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Warren William and Bette Davis star in this film about electing a dark horse in office. The term, "a dark horse" in political jargon refers to someone running for office who's not unlikely to win or not likely to get the peoples' or favorite vote, not one to bet on, in terms of horse racing. When the party is not happy with their candidate because he's lost the confidence of the people, they come up with the name of an average Joe, who may be able to do what their man can't - keep their party in office, the main goal at election time. Guy Kibbee is "The Dark Horse," who appears with his usual ease and affability, here even more simple-minded than usual. When it's decided they need a publicity man to sell him, Bette Davis says she knows just the man, but he's in jail. They get Warren William out of jail and put him to work. William is ideally suited for the role, with his forceful voice and imposing demeanor. Warren is center stage with his complications of his love life with Bette and his ex and him trying to sell Guy Kibbee to the people. People may see this, because it's a Bette Davis film, but it belongs to Warren William. Warren William has, for the most part, been forgotten, except by those who frequently watch TCM. He was the first actor to play Perry Mason in film, and was known for his deep voice and the firm conviction he gave to his characters - usually lawyers and people of influence, but not always on the side of the law or good. For an introduction to Warren William and for good entertainment, watch "The Dark Horse." Its antics may come across as silly and simple, but its heart is there, and Bette and Warren make for an exciting couple to sit back and enjoy.

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