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Honky Tonk (1941)

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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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

This film was first telecast in Minneapolis Saturday 8 December 1956, where it launched the long awaited and much heralded MGM film library on KMGM (Channel 9), and also the same evening in Seattle, as part of their already ongoing MGM series on KING (Channel 5); next came Chicago Saturday 15 December 1956, where it served once again to launch the MGM film library on WBBM (Channel 2); in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia it first aired Friday 11 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City Sunday 20 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Altoona PA Saturday 2 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); it finally made it to San Francisco 4 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) as one of the initial offerings in their even longer waited premiere of the MGM film package. See more »

Quotes

The Sniper: I'd like to stay in a place long enough to get my pants pressed.
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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
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Gable and Turner in the old west
17 August 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Clark Gable is a rogue trying to go straight, and Lana Turner is his wife in "Honky Tonk," a western from MGM that also stars Claire Trevor, Frank Morgan, and Marjorie Main. Gable is Candy Johnson, who blows into town, and after he wins $5,000, opens his own gambling establishment. He meets Elizabeth (Turner), whose father (Morgan) is an old crook with a respectable front as a judge. After he and Elizabeth get married, Candy gets a taste of power and starts trying to take over the town. All his efforts initially were for his bride, but his intentions get away from him.

The two stars really make this film. Turner and Gable have great chemistry, as they proved in other films together (this was their first). Gable is in his Rhett Butler phase and is at his handsomest and most charming in this pre-war era - clever, tough, sexy, and soft-hearted. The very young Turner is a good match for him - she seems overwhelmed by Candy at first, but she's got her own toughness, too, and knows what she wants. Claire Trevor is Candy's ex-girlfriend, and she's excellent as a woman who knows all there is to know about Candy and has been around the block a few times herself.

"Honky Tonk" is a big MGM picture with wonderful stars and first-class production values. The script isn't the greatest, but you'll hardly notice.


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