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Silver Dollar (1932)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Carl Erickson (screen play), Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Yates Martin
Bebe Daniels ... Lily Owens
Aline MacMahon ... Sarah Martin
DeWitt Jennings ... The Mine Foreman
Robert Warwick ... Colonel Stanton
Russell Simpson ... Hamlin
Harry Holman ... Adams
Charles Middleton ... Jenkins
Emmett Corrigan Emmett Corrigan ... President Arthur
Christian Rub ... Rische
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Hook
Wade Boteler ... A Miner
William Le Maire William Le Maire ... A Miner (as William LeMaire)
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de la plata See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original "Silver Dollar" was Silver Dollar Tabor, the daughter of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor. The movie "Silver Dollar" was loosely based on the story of the Tabors. See more »

Goofs

About 40 minutes into the film, when Yates and Lily are first getting close to each other in her new digs, and Lily is sitting on the back of a sofa, in the closing two-shot of the scene the shadow of the boom microphone is clearly visible moving up and down on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Yates Martin: Would you like to be closer?
Lily Owens: Wouldn't you?
Yates Martin: Well, we do seem to be getting along pretty good together.
Lily Owens: You do like me a little bit, don't you?
Yates Martin: Of course, I do. My, but you smell nice!
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Connections

Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding of Yates and Lily
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A little bit of a history lesson, but not all that enjoyable
30 March 2018 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

'Silver Dollar' is based on a true story, and the character of Yates Martin (Edward G. Robinson) represents Horace Tabor, a giant in 19th century Colorado silver mining. The plot, that Martin/Tabor went from storekeeper to millionaire, divorced his wife of 25 years for a younger woman, and went bust when the country was put on the gold standard, is essentially true. However, it doesn't ring true, mainly because Robinson is so exaggerated in his depiction. He's simply too full of hubris, constantly expressing optimism and his grandiose plans to spend or give away money. It's meant to be endearing, but he seems more like a caricature of what Americans want to be, and in any event, true or false, I certainly didn't empathize with him when the bottom of the silver market dropped out. Bebe Daniels was the best part of the film, playing the "other woman", the real life "Baby Doe" Tabor, and it was interesting to see there is even a slight resemblance. The ending she and Tabor faced is certainly not accurately depicted though. Overall, there is a little bit of history lesson here, but it's not all that enjoyable to watch.


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