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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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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey de la plata  »

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The character of Yates Martin is based on Colorado's "Silver King", Horace A.W. Tabor, who was a United States Senator for one month and built Denver's opera house in the late 1800s. Lily Owen's character is based on Elizabeth "Baby" Doe Tabor, who Tabor married after creating a huge scandal by leaving his wife, Augusta Tabor. 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 »


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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding of Yates and Lily
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Solid, no-frills Americana
22 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

A great, lively American story that happens to be true. The same source material was used, with somewhat more accuracy, in the 1950s American opera "The Ballad of Baby Doe." (The Baby Doe of the title was still alive when the movie was made, hence the need to change all the names and fictionalize some of the details.) Robinson is excellent as a likeable, but foolish and blustering, millionaire miner with political ambitions; MacMahon is flawless as his stern but understanding wife. Their story, of how he made and lost a name and a fortune for himself, is the stuff of fine melodrama. What happens to them says much about the vagaries of capitalism, the arbitrariness of the metals standard, and the pettiness of American moral attitudes, but most of all it's good entertainment. Alfred E. Green's direction is nothing fancy, just capable and fast. And the size of the production is just right. Historical note: The real Baby Doe (Lily in the movie) stuck by her man and held onto the Matchless Mine, as per his instructions. She became a legendary eccentric in Leadville, walking the streets and telling her story to anyone who would listen, before freezing to death in her cabin in 1935.

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