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The Dark Horse (1932)

Jailbird is hired to lead a dimwitted candidate's campaign for governor.

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Alfred E. Green
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Hal Samson Blake
Bette Davis ... Kay Russell
Guy Kibbee ... Zachary Hicks
Vivienne Osborne ... Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife
Frank McHugh ... Joe
Sam Hardy ... Mr. Black
Harry Holman ... Mr. Jones
Charles Sellon ... Mr. Green
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Sheriff (as Robert E. O'Connor)
Berton Churchill ... William A. Underwood
Robert Warwick ... Mr. Clark
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Storyline

Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) as campaign manager. Hal is in jail for falling behind in his alimony payments to Maybelle, but Kay convinces the politicians to seem him in prison, Impressed with the speech they hear him deliver to a cellmate, the committee pays Hal's fine and back alimony payments. Hal takes on the campaign and several marital arrangements. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarny rumak See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The Abraham Lincoln speech referred to in this movie wasn't a speech at all, but a published letter from Lincoln. It was his first announcement of running for political office. He was just 23 years old at the time and was a newcomer to Illinois - having moved there in 1830. He was running for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly. The letter was printed March 9, 1832, in the Sangamo Journal of Springfield, IL. The letter is lengthy and describes Lincoln's views on public improvements, navigation of the Sangamon River, and education.

The words, supposedly plagiarized in this movie from a Lincoln speech, were at the end of the last paragraph in his long letter. They read, "I am young and unknown to many of you. I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life. I have no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me. My case is thrown exclusively upon the independent voters of this county, and if elected they will have conferred a favor upon me, for which I shall be unremitting in my labors to compensate. But if the good people in their wisdom shall see fit to keep me in the back ground, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined." The letter was signed, "Your friend and fellow-citizen, A. Lincoln, New Salem, March 9, 1832. See more »

Quotes

Zachary Hicks: Gentlemen, gentlemen! I've just thought of an outstanding idea!
Mr. Jones: Yes, Mr. Hicks, what is it?
Zachary Hicks: I would like to come forth with a platform against capital punishment.
Mr. Green: Mr. Hicks, capital punishment was abolished in this state six months ago.
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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theodore A. Metz
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The political arena is the same from decade to decade with different names but the same baloney.
20 June 2003 | by George041See all my reviews

Guy Kibbee gives the viewer a lot of laughs. Like most candidates, he knows almost nothing. Warren William, a very, under rated actor, is superb in giving instructions to Kibbee; that is, he teaches him to say something which means nothing to the voting public. A campaign based on no comment, "I'll take it under advisement," and "Maybe yes, but then again, maybe no," is the nearly perfect way to win an election. Succinctly, the dumber the candidate, the greater the chance he or she will win. After all, the public can identify with such a person. With respect to the movie, it makes for a lot of comedy.


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