Silver Dollar (1932)

78 or 84 mins | Drama | 24 December 1932

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

George Marks

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

David Landau is credited as the mine foreman, Herman Bing as Hook and Berton Churchill as President Arthur in early cast lists, but on screen DeWitt Jennings, Lee Kohlmar and Emmett Corrigan respectively are credited with those roles. Modern sources note that this is the fictionalized story of Colorado's "Silver King," Horace A. W. Tabor, who became a United States Senator for a month in 1883 and built the opera house in Denver that bears his name. Daniel's character was based on Elizabeth "Baby" ... More Less

David Landau is credited as the mine foreman, Herman Bing as Hook and Berton Churchill as President Arthur in early cast lists, but on screen DeWitt Jennings, Lee Kohlmar and Emmett Corrigan respectively are credited with those roles. Modern sources note that this is the fictionalized story of Colorado's "Silver King," Horace A. W. Tabor, who became a United States Senator for a month in 1883 and built the opera house in Denver that bears his name. Daniel's character was based on Elizabeth "Baby" Doe. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 Nov 32
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 32
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 32
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Nov 32
p. 42.
New York Times
23 Dec 32
p. 20.
Variety
27 Dec 32
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
Silks by
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Silver Dollar by David Karsner (New York, 1932).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 December 1932
Production Date:
New York premiere: 22 December 1932
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 March 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3748
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78 or 84
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1876, after the discovery of silver, Yates Martin dreams of great wealth for Colorado and for himself, but his wife Sarah does not want to take chances and insists that he open a store as a backup. The store doesn't make them rich, however, because Yates stakes the miners for a share in their potential discoveries rather than take cash. After some of the miners that he staked hit silver, Yates becomes a partner in a very rich mine. Then he is asked to run for public office and wins. Yates is generous with his money and becomes Denver's benefactor, building an opera house which he donates to the people. His marriage is not as successful as his business, however. Sarah is uncomfortable with their wealth, so Yates turns to another woman, Lily Owens, who is happy to accept his gifts of clothes and jewels. His affair becomes public when Lily attends the opening of the opera house while Sarah stays at home. Yates finally gets up the courage to leave Sarah and decides to marry Lily in Washington with President Chester A. Arthur in attendance, but his fellow politicians warn him that his ambition to become a senator may be thwarted, as the state will never elect a divorced man. He manages to buy an appointment for a temporary seat, however, and has his elaborate wedding. When President Grover Cleveland establishes a gold standard, the bottom drops out of the silver market and Yates loses his wealth. Lily sticks by him and things seem to be improving when he is appointed Postmaster for Denver. Before ... +


In 1876, after the discovery of silver, Yates Martin dreams of great wealth for Colorado and for himself, but his wife Sarah does not want to take chances and insists that he open a store as a backup. The store doesn't make them rich, however, because Yates stakes the miners for a share in their potential discoveries rather than take cash. After some of the miners that he staked hit silver, Yates becomes a partner in a very rich mine. Then he is asked to run for public office and wins. Yates is generous with his money and becomes Denver's benefactor, building an opera house which he donates to the people. His marriage is not as successful as his business, however. Sarah is uncomfortable with their wealth, so Yates turns to another woman, Lily Owens, who is happy to accept his gifts of clothes and jewels. His affair becomes public when Lily attends the opening of the opera house while Sarah stays at home. Yates finally gets up the courage to leave Sarah and decides to marry Lily in Washington with President Chester A. Arthur in attendance, but his fellow politicians warn him that his ambition to become a senator may be thwarted, as the state will never elect a divorced man. He manages to buy an appointment for a temporary seat, however, and has his elaborate wedding. When President Grover Cleveland establishes a gold standard, the bottom drops out of the silver market and Yates loses his wealth. Lily sticks by him and things seem to be improving when he is appointed Postmaster for Denver. Before he can take office, however, he dies. Both Sarah and Lily attend his funeral to mourn in their own way, and Yates is buried in a silver casket as he always wanted. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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