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Dark Hazard (1934)

 -  Drama  -  3 February 1934 (USA)
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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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Jim 'Buck' Turner
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Marge Mayhew Turner
Glenda Farrell ...
Valerie 'Val' Wilson
Robert Barrat ...
Tex Willis
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
George Mayhew
Gordon Westcott ...
Joe
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John Bright
War Cry ...
Dark Hazard, a Greyhound Dog
Henry B. Walthall ...
Schultz
George Meeker ...
Pres Barrow
Emma Dunn ...
Mrs. Mayhew
Willard Robertson ...
Bill 'Billy' Fallen
William V. Mong ...
Plummer, Hotel Owner
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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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Henry B. Walthall is listed in studio records playing Schultz in this movie, but he is not seen in the print. See more »

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Referenced in Lady Killer (1933) See more »

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Pettin' in the Park
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music when Buck meets Mr. Willis at the dog racing track
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Performances Make the Film Worth Watching
31 December 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dark Hazard (1934)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Great performances highlight this Warner melodrama about professional gambler Jim Turner (Edward G. Robinson), a man who decides to get married and stop his old ways of life or at least that's what he tells his new bride (Genevieve Tobin). Soon the two are on their way but Jim becomes addicted to gambling and it reaches the point to where the wife decides to leave him. DARK HAZARD is working with a "C" screenplay to say the least but there's no question that the cast is an exceptionally strong one and helps keep the film from falling apart. I think it goes without saying but Robinson easily steals the film as the down-on-his-luck gambler who places one bet too many. At least the role has quite a bit for the actor to do as he not only gets to play the gambler but there's romance, some laughs and a tender side story involving him an a race dog whose name is the title of the film. Robinson perfectly nails all the emotions and is certainly very believable in the scenes where the character breaks from all his gambling. Tobin is also pretty good in the film and it's clear that she and Robinson has some good chemistry together. They had previously made the horrid I LOVED A WOMAN but at least this role gives the two something to work with. Glenda Farrell plays her typical blonde/sex appeal part and does fine work with it. Sidney Toler has a hilarious bit early on picking on Robinson for a certain reason. Henry B. Walthall is mentioned in the credits but while his character's name is said, he never actually appears in the movie so I'm guessing his scene was edited out. Overall, DARK HAZARD features great actors doing strong work but in order for the film to have been better the screenplay still needed some work. At just 72-minutes there's not too much meat but fans of the cast will still want to check it out.


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