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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.

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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 »


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a smash hit at the box office, ranking third in 1941, and earning MGM a profit of $1,895,000 (over $33M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Brazos Hearn: Light me.
'Candy' Johnson: I don't carry matches.
Brazos Hearn: Maybe you oughta.
'Candy' Johnson: You know what happens to little boys who play with matches? They do funny things in the dark.
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Connections

Featured in The Stratton Story (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Played in the Placer saloon
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Vintage Gable and youthful Turner in a good romantic western
18 May 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

This is Clark Gable in his fifth film after Gone With the Wind and pre-World War II when he was at the peak of his Clark Gable screen persona that he best remembered by as the rugged, devil-may-care, reckless, dangerous, sly, witty, conniving, and handsome character that finds trouble and romance equally irresistible. Kind of like the character that Sean Connery portrayed in his early Bond pictures. This is typical Gable matched up with his feminine romantic adversary this time around in a young Lana Turner in their first film together. Turner is absolutely beautiful. He's a con man and gambler in the old west that flees from town to town one step ahead of the law and anyone he's crossed or bamboozled. He and his side kick Chill Wills land in a town where he ends up in love with the Judge daughter. He and the Judge played by Frank Morgan share a common shady past. Gable buys a saloon and ends up taking over the town but there's plenty of trouble always looming while he simultaneously tries to lead the life of a settled down married man. Claire Trevor, Majorie Main and Albert Dekker are among the supporting cast. Harrold Rosson who photographed The Wizzard of Oz and had 5 Academy Award nominations in his long career is the cinematographer with some scenes shot by 4 time Academy Award nominated and long-time Greta Garbo photographer William H. Daniels. Jack Conway who directed Gable in Boomtwon, Too Hot to Handle, Saratoga and The Hucksters as well as directing such notable films as Red Headed Woman, Libeled Lady and A Tale of Two Cities is the film's director. Franz Waxman provides the score. It's a nice blend of drama, romance and comedy and I would give it an 8.5 out of 10.


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