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Honky Tonk (1941)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  1 October 1941 (USA)
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Fast-talking con-man and grifter Candy Johnson rises to be the corrupt boss of Yellow Creek, but his wife's alcoholic father tries to set things right.

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Elizabeth Cotton
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Judge Cotton
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'Gold Dust' Nelson
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Varner
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Brazos Hearn
Henry O'Neill ...
Daniel Wells
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The Sniper
Veda Ann Borg ...
Pearl
Douglas Wood ...
Governor Wilson
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Mrs. Wilson
Harry Worth ...
Harry Gates
Lew Harvey ...
Blackie
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Arthur Belasco ...
Pallbearer (scenes deleted)
Eddie Gribbon ...
Pallbearer (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

"Candy" Johnson, a great crook of the Wild West, decides to find a town where he could become a big boss. To achieve this, he will need to conceal his true identity and not only pretend to be an honest man, but lead the struggle against the corrupt sheriff. No one in town realizes that the anti-corruption hero is just a greater crook himself. And there is only one person who is stronger than Johnson - a girl he is in love with. Written by Alexey (Moscow)

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Another "Boom Town" but better ! See more »


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1 October 1941 (USA)  »

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El gallardo aventurero  »

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$899,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gable's wife at the time of production, Carole Lombard, was often on the set, keeping aware of Turner's party girl reputation and her husband's affinity for blondes. See more »

Quotes

Judge Cotton: [to Elizabeth about Candy] You were going to change him, you said. You haven't changed him. He's changed you!
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Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
Played during the election
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Vintage Gable and youthful Turner in a good romantic western
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Clark Gable in his fifth film after Gone With the Wind and pre-World War II when he was at the peak of his Clark Gable screen persona that he best remembered by as the rugged, devil-may-care, reckless, dangerous, sly, witty, conniving, and handsome character that finds trouble and romance equally irresistible. Kind of like the character that Sean Connery portrayed in his early Bond pictures. This is typical Gable matched up with his feminine romantic adversary this time around in a young Lana Turner in their first film together. Turner is absolutely beautiful. He's a con man and gambler in the old west that flees from town to town one step ahead of the law and anyone he's crossed or bamboozled. He and his side kick Chill Wills land in a town where he ends up in love with the Judge daughter. He and the Judge played by Frank Morgan share a common shady past. Gable buys a saloon and ends up taking over the town but there's plenty of trouble always looming while he simultaneously tries to lead the life of a settled down married man. Claire Trevor, Majorie Main and Albert Dekker are among the supporting cast. Harrold Rosson who photographed The Wizzard of Oz and had 5 Academy Award nominations in his long career is the cinematographer with some scenes shot by 4 time Academy Award nominated and long-time Greta Garbo photographer William H. Daniels. Jack Conway who directed Gable in Boomtwon, Too Hot to Handle, Saratoga and The Hucksters as well as directing such notable films as Red Headed Woman, Libeled Lady and A Tale of Two Cities is the film's director. Franz Waxman provides the score. It's a nice blend of drama, romance and comedy and I would give it an 8.5 out of 10.


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