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Honky Tonk

Overview

The marvelous rapport between stars Clark Gable and Lana Turner makes MGM's Honky Tonk seem far more substatianal than it really is. About to be tarred and featherd by an angry mob, frontier con artists Candy Johnson (Gable) and his pal Sniper (Chill Wills) manage to make a quick getaway via train. While on board, Candy strikes up a friendship with Boston-bred Lucy Cotton (Turner), whose "respectable" daddy Judge Cotton (Frank Morgan) turns out to be as big of a sharpster as Candy. For Lucy's sake, Candy decides ...
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Overview

The marvelous rapport between stars Clark Gable and Lana Turner makes MGM's Honky Tonk seem far more substatianal than it really is. About to be tarred and featherd by an angry mob, frontier con artists Candy Johnson (Gable) and his pal Sniper (Chill Wills) manage to make a quick getaway via train. While on board, Candy strikes up a friendship with Boston-bred Lucy Cotton (Turner), whose "respectable" daddy Judge Cotton (Frank Morgan) turns out to be as big of a sharpster as Candy. For Lucy's sake, Candy decides to use his huckstering skill to good use by helping to build a small-town church, but soon he's up to his old tricks, managing a dance hall and gambling emporium. Growing more ambitious by the minute, Candy intends to take over the whole town with the covert assistance of Judge Cotton. But when Candy marries Lucy (who still doesn't know that he's really a crook at heart!), the enraged Judge exposes Candy's takeover scheme, only to be shot down by the gambling hall's straw boss Hearn (Albert Dekker). In his efforts to set things right and atone for past misdeeds, Candy is separated from Lucy time and time again, but there's never any doubt that a happy ending awaits them both. A TV remake of Honky Tonk surfaced in 1974, with Richard Crenna in the Gable role.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Clark Gable and Lana Turner positively sizzle as a combustible duo who take to the wild and woolly west in Honky Tonk, a star vehicle if ever there was one. Never mind that Gable has played the same charming rogue many times before (San Francisco, Idiot's Delight, etc.) and that Turner at times does remind you of a teenager recently discovered in a drugstore. But when they go in for that first clinch, everything else, including scenery, supporting cast, and screenplay simply fade into the murky background of an MGM sound stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316126868
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,609

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Candy Johnson
Lana Turner Elizabeth Cotton
Frank Morgan Judge Cotton
Claire Trevor Gold Dust Nelson
Albert Dekker Brazos Hearn
Marjorie Main Rev. Mrs. Varner
Chill Wills The Sniper
Henry O'Neill Daniel Wells
Veda Ann Borg Pearl
Douglas Wood Gov. Wilson
Betty Blythe Mrs. Wilson
Harry Worth Harry Gates
Erville Alderson Man with Rail
Demetrius Alexis Tug
Hooper Atchley Sen. Ford
Don Barclay Man with Gun
Jack Baxley
Arthur Belasco
Ed Brady Waiter
Al Bridge
Francis X. Bushman Ralph Bushman
Jack Carr Brazos' Henchman
Edward Cassidy
Tom Chatterton Citizen
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Dental Patient
Sheila D'Arcy Louise
Joe Devlin
John Farrell Man with Feathers
Dorothy Granger Saloon Girl
Eddie Gribbon
Earl Gunn
William Haade
Lew Harvey Blackie
Russell Hicks Dr. Otis
Al Hill Miner
Fay Holderness Bricklayer
Lew Kelly
Cy Kendall Man with Tar
John Maxwell Kendall
Charles McAvoy
Art Miles Dealer
Frank Mills
Howard Mitchell
Monte Montague
Esther Muir Prostitute
Horace Murphy Butler
Paul Newlan Gentleman
Anne O'Neal Nurse
Ted Oliver
William Pagan
Ralph Peters
Lee Phelps Men in Meeting House
Henry Roquemore Butcher
Dick Rush Dentist
Sid Saylor
Harry Semels Pallbearer
John Sheehan
Jack C. Smith
Carl Stockdale
Charles Sullivan
Elliott Sullivan Candy's Man
Ray Teal Poker Player
Bill Telaak
Malcolm Waite
Morgan Wallace Adams
Eddy Waller Train Conductor
Will Wright
Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Milton Ager Songwriter
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
John Sanford Screenwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Jack Yellen Songwriter
John Sanford Source Author
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