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The Dark Horse (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 19 July 1946 (USA)
George Kelly (Phillip Terry), world-war-two vet returning home from the war, is persuaded by a local politician, John Rooney (Donald McBride), assuming that Kelly would fall in line with ... See full summary »

Director:

Will Jason

Writers:

Charles R. Marion (screenplay), Leo Solomon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phillip Terry ... George Kelly
Ann Savage ... Mary Burton
Allen Jenkins ... Willis Trimble
Jane Darwell ... Aunt Hattie
Donald MacBride ... John Rooney
Edward Gargan ... Eustace Kelly
Raymond Largay Raymond Largay ... Mr. Aldrich
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Mrs. Aldrich
Henri DeSoto Henri DeSoto ... Maitre d' Hotel
Si Jenks ... Old Man
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George Kelly (Phillip Terry), world-war-two vet returning home from the war, is persuaded by a local politician, John Rooney (Donald McBride), assuming that Kelly would fall in line with the entrenched establishment. But, Kelly has his own agenda and exposes a crooked political set-up in in the town and is elected on the strength of his honesty. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When Kelly Runs For Office The Town Runs For Cover!

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Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kelly Is My Name See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Washington Kelly
Written by Will Jason
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Dull, Elephantine "Humor" in Talk-Fest Centering on Local Politics
16 October 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Oddly, Detour did not immediately propel Ann Savage into a host of similar roles. True, she does figure in the opening scenes of a Fox "B", The Spider (1945), but then went into a second-string, if starring role in this deadly dull and determinedly "B"-grade Universal comedy, which she easily steals from its nominal lack-luster lead, Phillip Terry, although she is all but swamped by the movie's focus on ultra-verbose but painfully unfunny Donald MacBride and his almost equally hapless stooge, Allen Jenkins. Thanks to the incompetence of director Will Jason, even the normally reliable Jane Darwell manages an embarrassingly hammy performance, allowing Edward Gargan, of all people, to walk away with the acting honors (such as they are).

If you are simply curious to catch Ann Savage, or actually delight in witless, garrulous cornball "humor", then this Dark Horse is for you. Otherwise, leave it in the dark where it truly belongs.


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