Silver Dollar (1932)

TV-G  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  24 December 1932 (USA)
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Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lily Owens
Aline MacMahon ...
Sarah Martin
DeWitt Jennings ...
The Mine Foreman
Robert Warwick ...
Colonel Stanton
Russell Simpson ...
Harry Holman ...
Emmett Corrigan ...
President Arthur
Christian Rub ...
Lee Kohlmar ...
Wade Boteler ...
A Miner
William Le Maire ...
A Miner (as William LeMaire)


Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds an opera house. He leaves Sarah for glamorous Lily and, when he makes it to Washington as Senator, marries her. When the gold standard is introduced, he's ruined. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey de la plata  »

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Did You Know?


The story of Horace A. W. Tabor and Baby Doe Tabor, the real-life inspiration for the main characters in "Silver Dollar", was immortalized in "The Ballad of Baby Doe", an opera by the American composer Douglas Moore that uses an English-language libretto by John Latouche. See more »


About 40 minutes into the film, when Yates and Lily are first getting close to each other in her new digs, and Lily is sitting on the back of a sofa, in the closing two-shot of the scene the shadow of the boom microphone is clearly visible moving up and down on the wall behind them. See more »


Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »


Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Played by the band when Yates is elected
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"You stick to me and we'll be buried in gold caskets."
18 October 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

So-so biopic of Horace Tabor, with the name changed to Yates Martin. Presumably this is to avoid a lawsuit but it makes one wonder why that didn't seem to affect many other biopics made back in the day. Perhaps it's because Tabor isn't portrayed in the most flattering light. Edward G. Robinson does a fine job playing the "little man who badly wants to be a big shot." He rises from merchant to silver miner to politician, leaving wife Aline MacMahon for mistress Bebe Daniels along the way. The film depends entirely on Robinson to carry it. The story is pretty predictable and by-the-numbers, regardless of its basis on real people. The problem is that the movie is lacking in a point or particularly interesting characters to distinguish it from a hundred other similar movies you've seen. Robinson fans will enjoy it more than most, and it's certainly watchable, but I can't recommend it to everybody else as it's ultimately forgettable.

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