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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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A Romantic Dream COME TRUE - GABLE! TURNER! Together they give life a new lease on love! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Budget:

$899,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Calvert acted as hand-double to Clark Gable in the card-manipulation scenes. See more »

Quotes

'Candy' Johnson: You know I ought to shoot you with your own gun. But I'm gonna let you do it yourself. We're gonna play a little game called committing suicide.
Brazos Hearn: What's the rules?
'Candy' Johnson: One of us shoots himself.
Brazos Hearn: And the other?
'Candy' Johnson: Laughs his sides off.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(uncredited)
Music by Theodore A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
Played during the election
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A Con Man with a Notorious Reputation with the Ladies
11 October 2018 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film begins with two con men by the names of "Candy Johnson" (Clark Gable) and "The Sniper" (Chill Wills) fleeing from a town where they were about to be tarred and feathered and jumping on a passing train before finally arriving at the town of Yellow Creek, Nevada. While on the train Candy happens to meet a young woman named "Elizabeth Cotton" (Lana Turner) and takes an immediate interest in her. It's only later that he discovers that she is the daughter of a former colleague by the name of "Judge Cotton" (Frank Morgan) who would prefer that his past indiscretions not be revealed. At the same time, however, he is equally insistent that Elizabeth not become too acquainted with Candy because of his notorious reputation with the ladies. Unfortunately, as Candy manages to swindle his way into becoming more rich and powerful this proves to be even more difficult. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an okay film based primarily on the acting abilities of Clark Gable, Lana Turner and Claire Trevor (as "Gold Dust Nelson"). While it's not a great film by any means I suppose it's good enough for a rainy day and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.


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