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Chad Hanna (1940)

Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.


Henry King


Walter D. Edmonds (the story of: "Red Wheels Rolling" by), Nunnally Johnson (screen play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Chad Hanna
Dorothy Lamour ... Albany Yates
Linda Darnell ... Caroline
Guy Kibbee ... Huguenine
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Huguenine
John Carradine ... B.D. Bisbee
Ted North ... Fred Shepley
Roscoe Ates ... Ike Wayfish
Ben Carter ... Bell Boy
Frank M. Thomas ... Burke (as Frank Thomas)
Olin Howland ... Cisco Tridd
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Mr. Proudfoot
Eddie Conrad ... Fiero (as Edward Conrad)
Edward McWade ... Elias
Edward Mundy Edward Mundy ... Joe Duddy


Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

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Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gente de circo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though she had to do several scenes with them, Linda Darnell was allergic to horses. See more »


Albany Yates: [Fred's holding Albany's horse] Turn loose Fred! Turn loose!
Fred Shepley: You still haven't told me where you spent last night!
Albany Yates: I told you 10-times I stayed at the Tavern!
Fred Shepley: The stable boy said not!
Albany Yates: Because I told him to tell you that! Because I'm sick of your crazy jealousy and because you or nobody else owns me!
Fred Shepley: Your a liar!
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Henry Fonda and John Carradine
22 April 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1940's "Chad Hanna" was a colorful feast for the eyes, but far stronger on atmosphere than incident. We open in New York state, 1841, and the circus is coming to town. B. D. Bisbee (John Carradine) works as the advance agent for the Huguenine Circus, garnering attention wherever he goes, building up the audience to a fever pitch by emphasizing both male AND female acrobats...in tights! In the title role, Henry Fonda performs another expert character study, playing a Canastota stable boy who literally runs away to join the circus to escape a vengeful slave catcher whose daughter Caroline (Linda Darnell) later joins him, also a victim of her father's rage. Chad instantly falls for equestrienne Albany Yates (Dorothy Lamour), the star attraction for this one ring circus, but she soon spurns Huguenine for a rival circus that has an elephant. It's a shame that the filmmakers chose to showcase the dramatically anemic, predictably absurd romantic triangle over the more interesting circus life rarely depicted at that time. Fonda and Carradine are teamed for the fifth and last time, from "Jesse James," "Drums Along the Mohawk," "The Grapes of Wrath," and "The Return of Frank James." Carradine was no stranger to lovely Linda Darnell- "Brigham Young," "Blood and Sand," "Fallen Angel," and the 1958 WAGON TRAIN, "The Dora Gray Story." After such a powerful introduction, Carradine instantly fades into the background, disappearing completely after Chad and Caroline marry 54 minutes in. Sharp eyed viewers can catch canvasman Rondo Hatton at the 34 minute mark, looking quite menacing on the far right, one line of dialogue spoken in his own voice: "all right men, up to the next street!"

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