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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.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Marguerite Roberts (screenplay), John Sanford (screenplay)
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Cast

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 Lew Harvey ... Blackie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Belasco Arthur Belasco ... Pallbearer (scenes deleted)
Eddie Gribbon ... Pallbearer (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

"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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"Clark Gable kisses Lana Turner and it's screen history!" See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gallardo aventurero See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamestown, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$899,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,306,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,676,400
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filming locations: Jamestown, CA railroad station and historic railway. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Cotton: Candy, do you kiss with your eyes opened or closed?
'Candy' Johnson: Open, Honey, I don't want to miss anything.
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Connections

Featured in The Stratton Story (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
(uncredited)
Music by James Kerrigen
Played in the Square Deal saloon
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Pretty sexy stuff
4 December 2010 | by pitcairn89See all my reviews

I can't add much to what has already been written about this film, except a couple of observations. One is that I am surprised by how sexy the dialogue is, and some of the situations. Parts of it play almost like a Pre-Code film. For example, when Lana wakes up the morning after "clinching" her marriage to Gable, she is in a double bed. She looks over at his side of the bed, and sees just his pillow there, as he has already gotten up. He soon comes into the room, and the story continues. What is amazing, for the post-Code year of 1941, is that they obviously slept in the same bed. As everyone knows, from 1934 until the 1960s, married couples were always limited to twin beds. Or I thought they were. I wonder how many other films got away with this? Perhaps because it is an "historical" story, the censors excused it. There are some other scenes in the film that also push the 1941 envelope- some subtle, some pretty obvious.

I agree with the others posters who point out the great chemistry between Gable and Turner. They played well in all their films together. Gable is at his height here as "Gable." The amusing, macho character everyone always remembers. Mostly by way of Rhett Butler. This was pretty much his film persona at the time. It's interesting when you watch his early '30s films, when he had a perhaps wider range of parts. He often played sensitive, educated men in those films (after his initial period playing gangsters). Doctors, a minister, flyers, an Italian soldier, Fletcher Christian, etc. I kind of wish he had played more of those types later in his career. But the public seemed to prefer him as endearing rascals.

Among a group of great character actors, Marjorie Main is the standout, for me. I love all her snide comments and zingers, which are always on the mark. She was one of those supporting actors who could steal a scene from just about anyone. And she often acted as kind of a Greek chorus, summing up the goings on. You can't help but think of Ma Kettle, as they are similar types.

Anyway, this is a pretty enjoyable film. Gable at his peak, Turner on her way up, and MGM at its zenith. And some racy dialogue, to boot.


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