Chad Hanna (1940)

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Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with the bare-back rider. Later he falls in love with another circus runaway.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Hanna
Albany Yates
Mrs. Huguenine
B.D. Bisbee
Ted North ...
Fred Shepley
Roscoe Ates ...
Ike Wayfish
Ben Carter ...
Bell Boy
Frank M. Thomas ...
Burke (as Frank Thomas)
Olin Howland ...
Cisco Tridd
Frank Conlan ...
Mr. Proudfoot
Eddie Conrad ...
Fiero (as Edward Conrad)
Edward McWade ...
Edward Mundy ...
Joe Duddy


Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with the bare-back rider. Later he falls in love with another circus runaway.

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Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gente de circo  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dorris Bowdon was convinced that she had got the role of Caroline, because her husband Nunnally Johnson wrote the screenplay. When she found out Linda Darnell got the role, she considered leaving Johnson. See more »


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1 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Boring story about a country bumpkin (Henry Fonda) and the girl (Linda Darnell) who loves him running off with a circus. Fonda's infatuated with bareback rider Dorothy Lamour but eventually realizes he was meant for the country girl. Darnell and Lamour look beautiful, especially in Technicolor. Really, the whole picture looks good. The problem is the story is dull and some of the acting is sub-par. Considering this cast, I expected better. Darnell's often spotty so I wasn't phased by her weak performance. But I was disappointed in Henry Fonda, whose rube routine was annoying. He reunites with his Grapes of Wrath costars John Carradine and Jane Darwell, both of whom are fine in this. Dorothy Lamour stands out the most. I wish I could recommend it but unless you're a Fonda, Lamour, or Darnell completist I wouldn't waste my time on it. Watchable but dull.

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