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Dark Hazard (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 3 February 1934 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

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

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
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Storyline

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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THE MOST LOVABLE ROLE EVER PLAYED BY EDW. G. ROBINSON (Print ad- Albany Times-Union,((Albany, NY)) 2 March 1934)

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark hazard wereldkampioen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jim 'Buck' Turner: Well, boys, I got plenty of dough now. Come on, I'll go out and buy the wife a hat.
Joe: At this time of night?
Jim 'Buck' Turner: Sure. I know a place that stays open. My wife showed me a hat in the window the other night.
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Connections

Referenced in Lady Killer (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Honeymoon Hotel
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music at George Mayhew's barber shop
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Obscure film that showed Edward G. Robinson's versatility
5 August 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Is this movie about gangsters? No, it's about dogs! (Well, in a manner of speaking.) Eddie plays Buck Turner, a gambling addict who wins and loses large sums of money. Buck goes to a boarding house where he meets his future wife, Marge, who comes from the "right side of the tracks". After they marry, Buck tries to go "straight" with a respectable job, as a night clerk at the Northland Hotel.

Funny scene: The phone switchboard is alight with many calls, and Buck tries to answer them all. He listens quietly to the question of one caller, then responds, "Noooo, sir! You've got to have baggage!" One "customer" repeatedly bullies Buck and incites him into a fight, which gets him fired. Mission accomplished: the bully actually wants Buck to work for his organization, the dog track. Buck is back in the gambling racket… He becomes attached to one racing greyhound in particular: Dark Hazard. He wants to buy him, but his wife puts her foot down. She is not liking his return to gambling at all.

Later, Dark Hazard is injured in a race, and his owner wants to put him down. Buck saves his life by buying him for $25, and nursing him back to health. All the while, Buck and Marge have been going through many ups and downs in their marriage. Who will Buck side with, his wife or his dog? In 2017, an easy answer for most men, but this was a different era.

As an aside, I really love these 1930s Warner Brothers movies where they show the actor and the character name during the opening credits, so the audiences can connect the two. In this flick, they even gave credit to the starring dog. War Cry is the thespian who portrayed Dark Hazard.


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