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Chad Hanna (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1940 (USA)
Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Walter D. Edmonds (the story of: "Red Wheels Rolling" by), Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Chad Hanna
Dorothy Lamour ... Albany Yates
Linda Darnell ... Caroline
Guy Kibbee ... Huguenine
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Huguenine
John Carradine ... B.D. Bisbee
Ted North ... Fred Shepley
Roscoe Ates ... Ike Wayfish
Ben Carter ... Bell Boy
Frank M. Thomas ... Burke (as Frank Thomas)
Olin Howland ... Cisco Tridd
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Mr. Proudfoot
Eddie Conrad ... Fiero (as Edward Conrad)
Edward McWade ... Elias
Edward Mundy Edward Mundy ... Joe Duddy
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Storyline

Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gente de circo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Hedy Lamarr and Ann Sheridan were considered for the role of Albany. See more »

Goofs

About 20 mins into the movie, when Dorothy Lamour is talking to Henry Fonda from the steps of her wagon while wearing a robe, how she wears the robe changes from shot to shot. From the side view she has it discretely wrapped around her. From the font view she has it pulled tight and slightly open all the way to the waist, and is not wearing anything underneath it. In the final front view as Linda Darnell enters the scene, she has it very loosely wrapped and is wearing a slip underneath it. See more »

Quotes

Fred Shepley: [Talking to Albany] Any thing in pants, huh!
Chad Hanna: Hey Joe! What's happen there, Albany ain't married to him is she?
Joe Duddy: No! But you'd think so the way fight, wouldn't you.
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Uneventful but charming: an old-fashioned movie
30 May 2005 | by robin-moss2See all my reviews

"Chad Hanna" is truly the kind of film they don't make any more. A pity!

Chad Hanna (Henry Fonda) is a country farm boy who helps a black slave to escape, and then runs away with a circus together with a slave tracker's daughter (Linda Darnell). Originally dazzled by a seemingly glamorous circus performer (Dorothy Lamour), Chad eventually falls in love with the daughter and marries her, and they both make the circus their way of life. Nothing very enthralling happens, and the charm of the film comes from watching famous people early in their careers.

Linda Darnell is particular is a revelation. She was about seventeen years of age when she made "Chad Hanna", yet already her rapport with the camera is evident. So too is the warmth of her personality and the skill of her underplaying. With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to see why she became a big star, but what is intriguing is that in "Chad Hanna" Dorothy Lamour, who was already a big star, no longer seems attractive or interesting. It is not obvious why she was so popular at that time. Henry Fonda, of course, was already a movie "natural". He never seems to be acting, but somehow he is always both likable and believable. Fonda really holds this movie together.

20th Century Fox was the first major studio to master colour in movies. In the late 'thirties and early 'forties, most colour in films was garish and gaudy, but several Fox films had really beautiful colour, and "Chad Hanna" is one of them.

"Chad Hanna" is certainly a throw-back to the past, and quite possibly people who judge movies only in terms of their kinetic imagery will find it slow. For those who are not stimulated by violence and synthetic excitement, "Chad Hanna" is well worth watching.


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