Dark Hazard (1934)

60 or 72 mins | Drama | 3 February 1934

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The W. R. Burnett novel was a Book of the Month Club selection and a best-seller. According to modern sources, Frank Borzage was originally scheduled to direct this film. Actor George Chandler was identified in a production still from the film, but he was not identified in the viewed print. Warner Bros. made another film based on the story in 1937 entitled Wine, Women and Horses (see ... More Less

The W. R. Burnett novel was a Book of the Month Club selection and a best-seller. According to modern sources, Frank Borzage was originally scheduled to direct this film. Actor George Chandler was identified in a production still from the film, but he was not identified in the viewed print. Warner Bros. made another film based on the story in 1937 entitled Wine, Women and Horses (see below.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Nov 33
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Feb 34
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 33
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Nov 33
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Nov 33
p. 38.
New York Times
23 Feb 34
p. 23.
Variety
27 Feb 34
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 February 1934
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4444
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 72
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jim "Buck" Turner wins big at the horse races then loses it all playing roulette that evening. Broke, he rents a room at the boardinghouse run by Mrs. Mayhew and her children, George and Marge Mayhew. Although Marge is dating well-to-do Pres Barrow, she falls in love with Jim and agrees to marry him if he gives up gambling and gets a regular job. While working as a night clerk at the Hotel Northland, Jim fights with one of the guests, John Bright, and is fired as a result. Jim angrily confronts Bright, who is amused by his aggressiveness and offers him a job as his representative at the dog races. At the track, he renews his friendship with Valerie Wilson, an old girl friend. To his surprise, he is enchanted by one of the racing dogs, Dark Hazard. Slowly, because of Dark Hazard, Jim is sucked back into gambling. After losing all his money again, Jim sheepishly visits Marge, who has been living with her mother during the months Jim has been following the races. Although she is planning to divorce Jim and marry Pres, she agrees to give their marriage another chance because of their baby boy. Pres finds Jim a job, but one day when Jim is at the race track, Dark Hazard collapses on the track. Jim offers to buy the injured dog and brings him home despite Marge's disapproval. When he discovers that security-conscious Marge would rather be with Pres, Jim agrees to a divorce and leaves town with Dark Hazard. He nurses the dog back to health and Dark Hazard starts winning ... +


Jim "Buck" Turner wins big at the horse races then loses it all playing roulette that evening. Broke, he rents a room at the boardinghouse run by Mrs. Mayhew and her children, George and Marge Mayhew. Although Marge is dating well-to-do Pres Barrow, she falls in love with Jim and agrees to marry him if he gives up gambling and gets a regular job. While working as a night clerk at the Hotel Northland, Jim fights with one of the guests, John Bright, and is fired as a result. Jim angrily confronts Bright, who is amused by his aggressiveness and offers him a job as his representative at the dog races. At the track, he renews his friendship with Valerie Wilson, an old girl friend. To his surprise, he is enchanted by one of the racing dogs, Dark Hazard. Slowly, because of Dark Hazard, Jim is sucked back into gambling. After losing all his money again, Jim sheepishly visits Marge, who has been living with her mother during the months Jim has been following the races. Although she is planning to divorce Jim and marry Pres, she agrees to give their marriage another chance because of their baby boy. Pres finds Jim a job, but one day when Jim is at the race track, Dark Hazard collapses on the track. Jim offers to buy the injured dog and brings him home despite Marge's disapproval. When he discovers that security-conscious Marge would rather be with Pres, Jim agrees to a divorce and leaves town with Dark Hazard. He nurses the dog back to health and Dark Hazard starts winning races. Once again, Valerie re-enters Jim's life, and the two old pals are reunited. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Gambling


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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