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Honky Tonk (1941)

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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.

Cast

Clark Gable
as Candy Johnson
Lana Turner
as Elizabeth Cotton
Frank Morgan
as Judge Cotton
Claire Trevor
as Gold Dust Nelson
Marjorie Main
as Rev. Mrs. Varner
Albert Dekker
as Brazos Hearn
Chill Wills
as The Sniper
Henry O'Neill
as Daniel Wells
John Maxwell
as Kendall
Douglas Wood
as Gov, Wilson
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Wilson
Philip Morris
as Man on Train
Hooper Atchley
as Sen. Ford
Harry Worth
as Harry Gates
Dorothy Granger
as Saloon Girl
Cy Kendall
as Man with Tar
Erville Alderson
as Man with Rail
John Farrell
as Man with Feathers
Don Barclay
as Man with Gun
Ray Teal
as Poker Player
Esther Muir
as Prostitute
Art Miles
as Dealer
Russell Hicks
as Dr. Otis
Lew Harvey
as Blackie
Jack Carr
as Brazos' Henchman
Arthur Belasco
as Pallbearer
Frank Mills
as Pallbearer
Ralph Peters
as Pallbearer
Eddie Gribbon
as Pallbearer
Syd Saylor
as Pallbearer
Harry Semels
as Pallbearer
Fay Holderness
as Bricklayer
Eddy Waller
as Train Conductor
Will Wright
as Man in Meeting House
Alan Bridge
as Man in Meeting House
Lee Phelps
as Man in Meeting House
Heinie Conklin
as Dental Patient
Dick Rush
as Dentist
Lew Kelly
as Miner
Earl Gunn
as Miner
Al Hill
as Miner
Ed Brady
as Waiter
Jack Baxley
as Citizen
John Sheehan
as Citizen
Bill Telaak
as Citizen
Elliott Sullivan
as Candy's Man
Paul Newlan
as Gentleman
Dorothy Ates
as Dance Hall Girl
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Critic Reviews for Honky Tonk

All Critics (2)

Though prepsoterously plotted, this vivid and colorful Western allows Clark Gable to show his macho charm and Lana Turner her sex appeal.

June 10, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Way too sudsy for a Western.

July 3, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Honky Tonk

Lana and Clark have great chemistry and make the simple script better than it really is. Frank Morgan add a great deal to the mix as her father.

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