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Silver Dollar (1932)

Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds ... See full summary »

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Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Carl Erickson (screen play), Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Yates Martin
Bebe Daniels ... Lily Owens
Aline MacMahon ... Sarah Martin
DeWitt Jennings ... The Mine Foreman
Robert Warwick ... Colonel Stanton
Russell Simpson ... Hamlin
Harry Holman ... Adams
Charles Middleton ... Jenkins
Emmett Corrigan ... President Arthur
Christian Rub ... Rische
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Hook
Wade Boteler ... A Miner
William Le Maire William Le Maire ... A Miner (as William LeMaire)
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Storyline

Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds an opera house. He leaves Sarah for glamorous Lily and, when he makes it to Washington as Senator, marries her. When the gold standard is introduced, he's ruined. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de la plata See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original "Silver Dollar" was Silver Dollar Tabor, the daughter of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor. The movie "Silver Dollar" was loosely based on the story of the Tabors. See more »

Goofs

About 40 minutes into the film, when Yates and Lily are first getting close to each other in her new digs, and Lily is sitting on the back of a sofa, in the closing two-shot of the scene the shadow of the boom microphone is clearly visible moving up and down on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Yates Martin: Yates Martin's after gold! And there's enough gold in these mountains to bury us all in gold caskets.
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Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding of Yates and Lily
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Fine Performances in Need of Better Script
29 December 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Silver Dollar (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Based on the life of Horace 'Silver King' Tabor with only the names changed. Edward G. Robinson plays Yates Martin, a poor man from Kansas who moves to Colorado with his wife (Aline MacMahon) and soon finds himself a millionaire when silver is found in his mine. He soon enters politics and starts to rake in all sorts of cash and this is when he meets a showgirl (Bebe Daniels) and soon everything changes. I'm guessing Warner didn't want to pay any fees so they decided to change up all the names but no matter what they changed or kept the same, to call this film a disappointment wouldn't be an understatement. The movie starts off pretty good but around the twenty-minute mark you already know where the story is headed and there's really no connection to any of the characters. This almost seems like a greatest hits package instead of one complete story. We see the poor Martin, then the popular Martin, the rich Martin, the powerful Martin, the broke Martin and the pitiful Martin. There's never any real connection that you get because it just seems like he's a one dimensional character without any meat on his bones. Throughout the film I kept waiting to get to know the character and that simply never happens. We never get to know the wife, the mistress, the kid or anyone else and in fact there's a daughter who makes an important part of the film only to disappear without a word after that. The film takes a pretty big story and one that could have turned into an epic and does very little with it. The one saving grace are the performances with Robinson turning in another great job. I'm always surprised to see how terrific an actor Robinson was and it's a shame he's never really gotten the credit he deserves. Daniels is also very seductive in her part and MacMahon nearly steals the film as the caring, first wife. SILVER DOLLAR is worth watching for fans of the cast but there's no denying that a new script was needed.


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