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Honky Tonk (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 October 1941 (USA)
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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"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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$899,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 11 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Friday 11 January 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City Sunday 20 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); it first aired in San Francisco 4 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Cotton: Candy, do you kiss with your eyes opened or closed?
'Candy' Johnson: Open, Honey, I don't want to miss anything.
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Referenced in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

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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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Lana and Gable Together in Top Form
19 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first of four screen pairings of Clark Gable and Lana Turner has Gable as Candy Johnson, a con artist/card shark who's been run out of one too many towns, with his partner in crime Chill Wills, due to their shady dealings and swindling the "suckers," as he calls them. He decides he wants to find one place and stay there, and go honest, at least partly. The next place down the line on the train is Yellow Creek, Nevada. On the way, he meets Lana, a sweet, pretty young thing, who's going to stay with her father. They of course instantly start making sparks, him coming on to her and Lana trying her best to not let on she likes him. In town, he finds he knows her father, the respected judge, played by Frank Morgan, who really isn't really honest, but is a drunk crook, to put it bluntly, and who puts up a front of respectability and in turn collects taxes and fees and uses them for his own habits. It turns out Candy and the judge go way back, but Lana never knew her father was anything but a good fellow. Claire Trevor is great as a saloon girl/poker dealer, who also knew Candy from the past and who is still harboring a yen for him. And, of course, there's a jerk, who's abusing the position of Sheriff, played by Albert Dekker. Have I got you in the mood for a good, old-fashioned western? Well, you can find it here, but up to a point. Most of the appeal of this is of course Gable and Turner together and their fireworks, with some fast-talking quips by Gable, such as when trying to kiss her, "Why don't you jump in and get wet all over? You'll feel better." and also by costar Marjorie Main, who was Ma Kettle. But after the first hour or so, the novelty wears off and and the melodramatics take over and there's too much talking and not enough action. "Honky Tonk" may be the most known and liked of their movies together, but it's far from perfect. I'd rather give this a 7.5, but I will round up for Gable being in top form and in his element as fast-talking Candy Johnson and for Lana Turner, who never looked more sweet and flirtatious than she does here.


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