Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds ...
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Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie, Marge leaves him. After a few years ... See full summary »
Alfred E. Green
Edward G. Robinson,
Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds an opera house. He leaves Sarah for glamorous Lily and, when he makes it to Washington as Senator, marries her. When the gold standard is introduced, he's ruined.Written by
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The story of Horace A. W. Tabor and Baby Doe Tabor, the real-life inspiration for the main characters in "Silver Dollar", was immortalized in "The Ballad of Baby Doe", an opera by the American composer Douglas Moore that uses an English-language libretto by John Latouche. See more »
The wedding party in Washington takes place circa 1883, while Chester A. Arthur was president, but the usual establishing shot of the Capitol shows contemporary 1932 automobiles parked out front. See more »
You know, what I been thinkin', what this city needs: more culture. You know, opera, theater, and things like that. So, I'm going to give to the people of the city of Denver the finest Opera House that silver can buy. I'm going to send to Italy for marble, to Central America for mahogany, to London for carpets, to Chicago/New York for architects, and I'm going to bring the biggest artists in the world here. Even if it costs me a million dollars! All for the pleasure of the people of the State ...
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A great, lively American story that happens to be true. The same source material was used, with somewhat more accuracy, in the 1950s American opera "The Ballad of Baby Doe." (The Baby Doe of the title was still alive when the movie was made, hence the need to change all the names and fictionalize some of the details.) Robinson is excellent as a likeable, but foolish and blustering, millionaire miner with political ambitions; MacMahon is flawless as his stern but understanding wife. Their story, of how he made and lost a name and a fortune for himself, is the stuff of fine melodrama. What happens to them says much about the vagaries of capitalism, the arbitrariness of the metals standard, and the pettiness of American moral attitudes, but most of all it's good entertainment. Alfred E. Green's direction is nothing fancy, just capable and fast. And the size of the production is just right. Historical note: The real Baby Doe (Lily in the movie) stuck by her man and held onto the Matchless Mine, as per his instructions. She became a legendary eccentric in Leadville, walking the streets and telling her story to anyone who would listen, before freezing to death in her cabin in 1935.
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