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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
Guy Kibbee ...
Mrs. Huguenine
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)  »

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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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Henry Fonda and John Carradine
22 April 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1940's "Chad Hanna" was a colorful feast for the eyes, but far stronger on atmosphere than incident. We open in New York state, 1841, and the circus is coming to town. B. D. Bisbee (John Carradine) works as the advance agent for the Huguenine Circus, garnering attention wherever he goes, building up the audience to a fever pitch by emphasizing both male AND female tights! In the title role, Henry Fonda performs another expert character study, playing a Canastota stable boy who literally runs away to join the circus to escape a vengeful slave catcher whose daughter Caroline (Linda Darnell) later joins him, also a victim of her father's rage. Chad instantly falls for equestrienne Albany Yates (Dorothy Lamour), the star attraction for this one ring circus, but she soon spurns Huguenine for a rival circus that has an elephant. It's a shame that the filmmakers chose to showcase the dramatically anemic, predictably absurd romantic triangle over the more interesting circus life rarely depicted at that time. Fonda and Carradine are teamed for the fifth and last time, from "Jesse James," "Drums Along the Mohawk," "The Grapes of Wrath," and "The Return of Frank James." Carradine was no stranger to lovely Linda Darnell- "Brigham Young," "Blood and Sand," "Fallen Angel," and the 1958 WAGON TRAIN, "The Dora Gray Story." After such a powerful introduction, Carradine instantly fades into the background, disappearing completely after Chad and Caroline marry 54 minutes in. Sharp eyed viewers can catch canvasman Rondo Hatton at the 34 minute mark, looking quite menacing on the far right, one line of dialogue spoken in his own voice: "all right men, up to the next street!"

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