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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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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Yates Martin: 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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Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Played by the band when Yates is elected
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Solid, no-frills Americana
22 May 2001 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

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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