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Chad Hanna (1940)





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Movie Info

Henry Fonda plays Chad Hanna, a New York country bumpkin of the mid-nineteenth century who joins a travelling circus. He falls in love with beauteous bareback rider Dorothy Lamour, but she spurns him. Chad Hanna then finds himself attracted to another runaway, country girl Linda Darnell. Though everybody assumes that the boy is slow on the uptake, Chad Hanna manages to save the circus from financial ruin. He also secures the services of a trained elephant; when asked how he acquired such a prize, Chad laconically responds "I gave him half interest in the circus." A lightweight period piece, Chad Hanna is visually impressive, and best viewed in its original pristine Technicolor state.


Henry Fonda
as Chad Hanna
Dorothy Lamour
as Albany Yates / Lady Lillian
Linda Darnell
as Caroline Tridd Hanna
Guy Kibbee
as A.D. Huguenine
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Bettina Huguenine
John Carradine
as B.D. Bisbee
Ted North
as Fred Shepley
Roscoe Ates
as Ike Weyfish
Ben Carter
as Bellboy
Olin Howland
as Ciscoe Tridd
Frank Conlan
as Mr. Proudfoot
George Davis
as Pete Bostock
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Tridd
Ed Mundy
as Joe Duddy
Leonard St. Leo
as Mr. Pamplon
Elizabeth Abbott
as Mrs. Pamplon
Almira Sessions
as Mrs. Mott
Si Jenks
as Farmer
Victor Kilian
as Potato Man
Louis Mason
as Constable
Rondo Hatton
as Canvasman
Clarence Muse
as Black Man
Maxine Tucker
as Servant Girl
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Critic Reviews for Chad Hanna

All Critics (1)

The whole movie is an accurate painting of the reality, with its rivalries, its struggles, its disappointments and its triumphs. [Full review in Spanish]

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chad Hanna


Circus drama with a cast far superior to the pedestrian script they were handed. They make the best of it but it's all very routine.

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