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The Dark Horse (1932)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 16 June 1932 (USA)
Jailbird is hired to lead a dimwitted candidate's campaign for governor.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Hal Samson Blake
... Kay Russell
... Zachary Hicks
... Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife
... Joe
... Mr. Black
... Mr. Jones
... Mr. Green
... Sheriff (as Robert E. O'Connor)
... William A. Underwood
... Mr. Clark
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Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) as campaign manager. Hal is in jail for falling behind in his alimony payments to Maybelle, but Kay convinces the politicians to seem him in prison, Impressed with the speech they hear him deliver to a cellmate, the committee pays Hal's fine and back alimony payments. Hal takes on the campaign and several marital arrangements. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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16 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Here are the lyrics that Hal Blake wrote for the Hicks campaign song while in jail. They are sung to the tune of "East Side, West Side." - "Up state, down state, cities and the sticks, The voters yell for a change, And babies cry for Hicks! Boys and girls together, Toms and Harrys and Dicks, Climb the big band wagon, While they cast their vote for Hicks!" See more »

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Zachary Hicks: [Straddling a barbed wire fence] Ow ow ow ow! I've got this thing caught on one of my...
[pause]
Zachary Hicks: ... legs.
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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Angry Screen (1964) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
(uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played at the convention
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A tribute to Warren William
4 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The main reason to see this film is Warren William, who is in top form as the shyster campaign manager. He is electric, constantly finding ways to fool the public and defeat the opposing party in the midst of the biggest disasters. William is a great actor -- I feel he never got his due. Bette Davis as his girlfriend also shines in an under-written role. Personally, I found Guy Kibbee not quite right as the lame-brained candidate that William and the others are trying to foist on the public. He seemed more like an empty canvas than a person. I would have preferred to see a real character emerge rather than a non-character. The story itself is implausible, silly and clichéd. But Warren William and Bette Davis are well worth watching.


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