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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de la plata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures 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: Yates Martin's after gold! And there's enough gold in these mountains to bury us all in gold caskets.
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Connections

Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey In The Straw
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band when Yates is elected
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"You stick to me and we'll be buried in gold caskets."
18 October 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

So-so biopic of Horace Tabor, with the name changed to Yates Martin. Presumably this is to avoid a lawsuit but it makes one wonder why that didn't seem to affect many other biopics made back in the day. Perhaps it's because Tabor isn't portrayed in the most flattering light. Edward G. Robinson does a fine job playing the "little man who badly wants to be a big shot." He rises from merchant to silver miner to politician, leaving wife Aline MacMahon for mistress Bebe Daniels along the way. The film depends entirely on Robinson to carry it. The story is pretty predictable and by-the-numbers, regardless of its basis on real people. The problem is that the movie is lacking in a point or particularly interesting characters to distinguish it from a hundred other similar movies you've seen. Robinson fans will enjoy it more than most, and it's certainly watchable, but I can't recommend it to everybody else as it's ultimately forgettable.


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