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The Dark Horse (1932)

Approved | | Comedy | 16 June 1932 (USA)
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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Kay Russell
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Zachary Hicks
Vivienne Osborne ...
Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife
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Joe
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Mr. Black
Harry Holman ...
Mr. Jones
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Mr. Green
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Sheriff (as Robert E. O'Connor)
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William A. Underwood
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Mr. Clark
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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) 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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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16 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Czarny rumak  »

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Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife: You do play poker?
Zachary Hicks: Yeah, but I don't like it much.
Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife: But you have played strip poker? Now that is a game!
Zachary Hicks: Strip poker? How do you play that?
Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife: It's just like regular poker. Only instead of the bets, the loser has to take off some garment. It's lots of fun!
Zachary Hicks: Oh, I see. There's some sense to that.
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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played at the convention
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A tribute to Warren William
4 September 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

The main reason to see this film is Warren William, who is in top form as the shyster campaign manager. He is electric, constantly finding ways to fool the public and defeat the opposing party in the midst of the biggest disasters. William is a great actor -- I feel he never got his due. Bette Davis as his girlfriend also shines in an under-written role. Personally, I found Guy Kibbee not quite right as the lame-brained candidate that William and the others are trying to foist on the public. He seemed more like an empty canvas than a person. I would have preferred to see a real character emerge rather than a non-character. The story itself is implausible, silly and clichéd. But Warren William and Bette Davis are well worth watching.


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