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Dark Hazard (1934)

Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie, Marge leaves him. After a few years ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Valerie 'Val' Wilson
Tex Willis
George Mayhew
Gordon Westcott ...
John Bright
War Cry ...
Dark Hazard, a Greyhound Dog
Pres Barrow
Mrs. Mayhew
Bill 'Billy' Fallen
Plummer, Hotel Owner


Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie, Marge leaves him. After a few years he returns, but she is now in love with old flame Pres. Jim buys racing dog Dark Hazard and makes a fortune which he loses on roulette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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3 February 1934 (USA)  »

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Dark hazard wereldkampioen  »

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Henry B. Walthall is listed in studio records playing Schultz in this movie, but he is not seen in the print. See more »


When he arrived in Barrowsville after getting off the train, Jim Turner (Edward G. Robinson) was wearing a suit and had no other luggage. However the next morning at the breakfast table, he was wearing a different suit. See more »


Referenced in Lady Killer (1933) See more »


Honeymoon Hotel
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music at George Mayhew's barber shop
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weak man with a good heart and a bad habit
26 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson gives an excellent performance in "Dark Hazard" from 1934.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Dark Hazard was a dog!

Jim "Buck" Turner (Robinson) is a compulsive gambler, winning $20,000 at the track and losing $20,000 gambling. It's so bad he has to borrow $5 to get home.

He winds up taking a room in a boarding house, where he meets Marge (Genevieve Turner) and falls in love with her. Though her mother doesn't approve, they get married.

Marge is unhappy about his gambling, and Jim keeps saying he'll stop. He gets a job running He doesn't. One day, he runs into an old girlfriend, Valerie (Glenda Farrell) - she'd like to start up again, but he wants to be faithful to Marge. Later on she's there in down times.

Jim becomes enamored of dog racing and wants to buy a dog named Dark Hazard. But he costs $5,000. When he wins big and brings home a huge amount of money, Marge, who is pregnant, leaves him and takes all the money. She writes that when he's ready, she will have a place for him.

A few years later, he returns to Marge, who is living with her mother, and meets his little boy. She takes him back though she is dating an old beau, Pres. The next time he sees the dog, he's broken his leg and about to be put down. Jim buys him for $25. Once the dog is well, he starts winning again.

Many pre-code elements, including a double bed.

You can't help but like Jim and feel sorry for him at times. But you also know he's a survivor, just like Dark Hazard.

Sidney Toler, famous as Charlie Chan, is very good as a guy who gets Robinson to gamble again.

I have to say the dog racing theme was a gigantic turnoff. It's a bad sport, with thousands of greyhounds abandoned every year when their usefulness has ended. In this movie, the original owner loved the dog; later it's obvious he no longer cares about him. That isn't typical - to these people, the dogs are just moneymakers to them from the beginning.

Other than that, this was a decent film. Was remade by Warners later as Wine, Women, and Horses.

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