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Honky Tonk (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 October 1941 (USA)
Fast-talking con-man and grifter Candy Johnson rises to be the corrupt boss of Yellow Creek, but his wife's alcoholic father tries to set things right.


Jack Conway


Marguerite Roberts (screenplay), John Sanford (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... 'Candy' Johnson
Lana Turner ... Elizabeth Cotton
Frank Morgan ... Judge Cotton
Claire Trevor ... 'Gold Dust' Nelson
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Varner
Albert Dekker ... Brazos Hearn
Henry O'Neill ... Daniel Wells
Chill Wills ... The Sniper
Veda Ann Borg ... Pearl
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Gov. Wilson
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Wilson
Harry Worth ... Harry Gates
Lew Harvey ... Blackie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Belasco Arthur Belasco ... Pallbearer (scenes deleted)
Eddie Gribbon ... Pallbearer (scenes deleted)


"Candy" Johnson, a great crook of the Wild West, decides to find a town where he could become a big boss. To achieve this, he will need to conceal his true identity and not only pretend to be an honest man, but lead the struggle against the corrupt sheriff. No one in town realizes that the anti-corruption hero is just a greater crook himself. And there is only one person who is stronger than Johnson - a girl he is in love with. Written by Alexey (Moscow)

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First of four pairings of Lana Turner and Clark Gable (I) at MGM. The other three are Somewhere I'll Find You (1942), Homecoming (1948), and Betrayed (1954). See more »


Dr. Otis: [after telling Candy Elizabeth has lost the baby] I'm gonna operate, but...
'Candy' Johnson: Operate? What are you talking about?
Dr. Otis: It's a long chance. You've got to understand that. I'll try... but I can't offer much help... any hope really.
'Candy' Johnson: [Glaring at Dr. Otis] Don't tell me my wife is gonna die. I don't like talk like that.
Dr. Otis: Take hold of yourself, man. I'm doing my best, but I'm only human.
'Candy' Johnson: [In an ominous tone] I'm not!
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Remade as Honky Tonk (1974) See more »


Sweet Genevieve
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Played in the Placer saloon
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Gable and Turner--what more could you want?!
18 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a slick MGM western that pulls out all the stops. It combines the finest actors and supporting actors, excellent production values and excellent writing to make a very enjoyable picture. I'm sure that some might be put off by the style of film, as it's pretty predictable and breaks no particular new ground. However, to audiences who were paying to see a "Clark Gable Picture", they were getting exactly what they paid for--the King of Hollywood in all his macho-ness combined with the radiant Ms. Turner in an involving western about professional gambler Gable and his desire to make a fortune any way he can to initially please his new wife, but forgetting WHY over the course of the film. It's all you'd expect from a top-notch studio with top-notch stars.

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Release Date:

1 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jamestown, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$899,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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