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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 ...
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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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1 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 8, 1946 with Lana Turner reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Brazos Hearn: Light me.
'Candy' Johnson: I don't carry matches.
Brazos Hearn: Maybe you oughta.
'Candy' Johnson: You know what happens to little boys who play with matches? They do funny things in the dark.
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Remade as Honky Tonk (1974) See more »

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Red River Valley
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Music by James Kerrigen
Played in the Square Deal saloon
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Gable and Turner in the old west
17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable is a rogue trying to go straight, and Lana Turner is his wife in "Honky Tonk," a western from MGM that also stars Claire Trevor, Frank Morgan, and Marjorie Main. Gable is Candy Johnson, who blows into town, and after he wins $5,000, opens his own gambling establishment. He meets Elizabeth (Turner), whose father (Morgan) is an old crook with a respectable front as a judge. After he and Elizabeth get married, Candy gets a taste of power and starts trying to take over the town. All his efforts initially were for his bride, but his intentions get away from him.

The two stars really make this film. Turner and Gable have great chemistry, as they proved in other films together (this was their first). Gable is in his Rhett Butler phase and is at his handsomest and most charming in this pre-war era - clever, tough, sexy, and soft-hearted. The very young Turner is a good match for him - she seems overwhelmed by Candy at first, but she's got her own toughness, too, and knows what she wants. Claire Trevor is Candy's ex-girlfriend, and she's excellent as a woman who knows all there is to know about Candy and has been around the block a few times herself.

"Honky Tonk" is a big MGM picture with wonderful stars and first-class production values. The script isn't the greatest, but you'll hardly notice.


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