Chad Hanna (1940)

86 or 88 mins | Drama | 27 December 1940

Director:

Henry King

Cinematographers:

Ray Rennahan, Ernest Palmer

Editor:

Barbara McLean

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

Walter Edmond's novel was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post (10 Feb--30 Mar 1940). According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Joseph I. Breen, director of the PCA, demanded cuts in the bedroom scene in which "Chad" returns to "Albany's" room and tosses her garter on the bed. Breen insisted that the film be re-shot to establish the fact that "Albany" was wearing underwear. Story conferences included in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library note that Darryl Zanuck considered Anne Baxter, Brenda Joyce and Dorris Bowdon for the role of "Caroline Tridd," and Marjorie Main for that of "Mrs. Tridd." Dorothy Lamour was borrowed from Paramount for this ... More Less

Walter Edmond's novel was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post (10 Feb--30 Mar 1940). According to materials contained in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Joseph I. Breen, director of the PCA, demanded cuts in the bedroom scene in which "Chad" returns to "Albany's" room and tosses her garter on the bed. Breen insisted that the film be re-shot to establish the fact that "Albany" was wearing underwear. Story conferences included in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library note that Darryl Zanuck considered Anne Baxter, Brenda Joyce and Dorris Bowdon for the role of "Caroline Tridd," and Marjorie Main for that of "Mrs. Tridd." Dorothy Lamour was borrowed from Paramount for this picture. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Dec 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 40
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Dec 40
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Dec 40
p. 40.
New York Times
26 Dec 40
p. 23.
Variety
18 Dec 40
p. 16.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Red Wheels Rolling by Walter D. Edmonds (Boston, 1940).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 December 1940
Production Date:
late August--10 October 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 December 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10410
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
86 or 88
Length(in feet):
8,226
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6600
SYNOPSIS

In the 1900's, Chad Hanna, a country boy working along the canal in Canastota, New York, is infatuated with Albany Yates, the beautiful bareback rider with the Huguenine circus. While the circus is in town, Chad becomes enmeshed in a dispute with brutish slave hunter Cisco Tridd after he allows a slave that Tridd was tracking to escape, and Bisbee, the circus advanceman, hides the boy from Tridd. Tridd also vents his anger on his daughter Caroline, and after he beats the girl, she, too, seeks refuge with the circus. When the Huguenine wagons leave town, Chad and Caroline accompany them, Chad works as a wagon driver and Caroline learns to ride bareback. Soon after, the circus suffers a series of setbacks, beginning when Albany, the star attraction, quits to join the rival Burke circus. Burke and Huguenine later come to blows, and in the skirmish, Huguenine is injured and sent to the mineral baths in Albany for a cure, appointing Chad ringmaster in his absence. The next catastrophe occurs with the appearance of Tridd, who has come to reclaim his daughter. In an effort to protect Caroline, Chad claims that they are married, and when Tridd threatens to check the records, Chad is forced into the marriage. On the night of their wedding celebration, the unexpected appearance of Albany rekindles Chad's feelings. Chad's discontent deepens after Huguenine blames him for the death of a lion and fires him, precipitating a fight with Caroline. Disgusted and angry, Chad leaves the circus and seeks out Albany, who convinces him that he really does love his wife. That evening, as he spends a sleepless ... +


In the 1900's, Chad Hanna, a country boy working along the canal in Canastota, New York, is infatuated with Albany Yates, the beautiful bareback rider with the Huguenine circus. While the circus is in town, Chad becomes enmeshed in a dispute with brutish slave hunter Cisco Tridd after he allows a slave that Tridd was tracking to escape, and Bisbee, the circus advanceman, hides the boy from Tridd. Tridd also vents his anger on his daughter Caroline, and after he beats the girl, she, too, seeks refuge with the circus. When the Huguenine wagons leave town, Chad and Caroline accompany them, Chad works as a wagon driver and Caroline learns to ride bareback. Soon after, the circus suffers a series of setbacks, beginning when Albany, the star attraction, quits to join the rival Burke circus. Burke and Huguenine later come to blows, and in the skirmish, Huguenine is injured and sent to the mineral baths in Albany for a cure, appointing Chad ringmaster in his absence. The next catastrophe occurs with the appearance of Tridd, who has come to reclaim his daughter. In an effort to protect Caroline, Chad claims that they are married, and when Tridd threatens to check the records, Chad is forced into the marriage. On the night of their wedding celebration, the unexpected appearance of Albany rekindles Chad's feelings. Chad's discontent deepens after Huguenine blames him for the death of a lion and fires him, precipitating a fight with Caroline. Disgusted and angry, Chad leaves the circus and seeks out Albany, who convinces him that he really does love his wife. That evening, as he spends a sleepless night in the stables, Chad is startled by a dispossessed elephant and his master, Elmer Proudfoot, and the next day, Chad returns with the elephant to save both the circus and his marriage. +

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