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Chad Hanna (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1940 (USA)
Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chad Hanna
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Albany Yates
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Caroline
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Huguenine
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Mrs. Huguenine
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B.D. Bisbee
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Fred Shepley
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Ike Wayfish
Ben Carter ...
Bell Boy
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Burke (as Frank Thomas)
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Cisco Tridd
Frank Conlan ...
Mr. Proudfoot
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Fiero (as Edward Conrad)
Edward McWade ...
Elias
Edward Mundy ...
Joe Duddy
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Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

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Thrilling New Millions ! Right out of the pages of the Saturday Evening Post comes the best-seller acclaimed by Millions !

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25 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Gente de circo  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Both Hedy Lamarr and Ann Sheridan were considered for the role of Albany. See more »

Quotes

Albany Yates: [Fred's holding Albany's horse] Turn loose Fred! Turn loose!
Fred Shepley: You still haven't told me where you spent last night!
Albany Yates: I told you 10-times I stayed at the Tavern!
Fred Shepley: The stable boy said not!
Albany Yates: Because I told him to tell you that! Because I'm sick of your crazy jealousy and because you or nobody else owns me!
Fred Shepley: Your a liar!
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Uneventful but charming: an old-fashioned movie
30 May 2005 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Chad Hanna" is truly the kind of film they don't make any more. A pity!

Chad Hanna (Henry Fonda) is a country farm boy who helps a black slave to escape, and then runs away with a circus together with a slave tracker's daughter (Linda Darnell). Originally dazzled by a seemingly glamorous circus performer (Dorothy Lamour), Chad eventually falls in love with the daughter and marries her, and they both make the circus their way of life. Nothing very enthralling happens, and the charm of the film comes from watching famous people early in their careers.

Linda Darnell is particular is a revelation. She was about seventeen years of age when she made "Chad Hanna", yet already her rapport with the camera is evident. So too is the warmth of her personality and the skill of her underplaying. With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to see why she became a big star, but what is intriguing is that in "Chad Hanna" Dorothy Lamour, who was already a big star, no longer seems attractive or interesting. It is not obvious why she was so popular at that time. Henry Fonda, of course, was already a movie "natural". He never seems to be acting, but somehow he is always both likable and believable. Fonda really holds this movie together.

20th Century Fox was the first major studio to master colour in movies. In the late 'thirties and early 'forties, most colour in films was garish and gaudy, but several Fox films had really beautiful colour, and "Chad Hanna" is one of them.

"Chad Hanna" is certainly a throw-back to the past, and quite possibly people who judge movies only in terms of their kinetic imagery will find it slow. For those who are not stimulated by violence and synthetic excitement, "Chad Hanna" is well worth watching.


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