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Dark Hazard (1934)

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


W.R. Burnett (novel), Ralph Block (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Jim 'Buck' Turner
Genevieve Tobin ... Marge Mayhew Turner
Glenda Farrell ... Valerie 'Val' Wilson
Robert Barrat ... Tex Willis
Hobart Cavanaugh ... George Mayhew
Gordon Westcott ... Joe
Sidney Toler ... John Bright
War Cry War Cry ... Dark Hazard--Dog
George Meeker ... Pres Barrow
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Mayhew
Willard Robertson ... Bill 'Billy' Fallen
William V. Mong ... Plummer--Hotel Owner


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 he returns, but she is now in love with old flame Pres. Jim buys racing dog Dark Hazard and makes a fortune which he loses on roulette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

3 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark hazard wereldkampioen See more »

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First National Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 17 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Wednesday 31 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Bloomington IN Monday 26 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), in New York City Sunday 9 December 1956 on WABD (Channel 5), again in Albuquerque Saturday 22 December 1956 on KOB (Channel 4, and in Boston Friday 28 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »


Jim 'Buck' Turner: What's that? A gun?
Joe: What do you think?
Jim 'Buck' Turner: All right, pull it out and we'll see who gets it. Come on, pull it out! Pull it out!
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Referenced in Lady Killer (1933) See more »


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Undeservedly obscure
19 May 2002 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

Without good looks or commanding stature, Edward G. Robinson fashioned a long, impressive career out of sheer talent. Curiously enough, he was versatile where his limitations would seem to have worked against his being convincing in a wide variety of roles. During the 1930s, in particular, he often played an "off-center" character, a man with a fractured psyche who, despite good intentions and some sensitivity toward the feelings of others, was too emotionally flawed to find security or happiness.

Such a character was Jim Turner in this film, and, as usual, Robinson's skillful portrayal generates our sympathy for someone barely deserving of it. Too weak to abandon the seedy, sleazy world of small-time gambling, he loses - not once, but twice - the love and forgiveness of a devoted wife, capably played by Genevieve Tobin. Glenda Farrell, as a gold-digging good time gal, and Sidney Toler, playing a shady operator involved in "deals," are also effective.

The picture covers a considerable period of time in only 72 minutes, being composed of a multitude of short scenes. Good and bad: more extensive character motivation would have helped; but there is nary a dull moment.

Most people don't know that this picture exists. What a shame.

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