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Director  Henry King
Music director  David Buttolph
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Story by  Walter D. Edmonds
Country  United States
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Release date  December 25, 1940
Based on  Red Wheels Rolling (1940)  by Walter D. Edmonds
Writer  Walter D. Edmonds (the story of: "Red Wheels Rolling" by), Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
Cast  Henry Fonda (Chad Hanna), Dorothy Lamour (Albany Yates / Lady Lillian), Linda Darnell (Caroline Tridd Hanna), Guy Kibbee (A. D. Huguenine), Jane Darwell (Mrs. Bettina Huguenine), John Carradine (B. D. Bisbee)
Similar movies  Marnie, Tangled, True Lies, Goldfinger, Crank: High Voltage, A View to a Kill
Tagline  Thrilling New Millions ! Right out of the pages of the Saturday Evening Post comes the best-seller acclaimed by Millions !

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Chad Hanna is a 1940 Technicolor film directed by Henry King, and was adapted from a bestseller of sorts that was published that same year. The novel was written by Walter Dumaux Edmonds (after it had first been published in serial form in the Saturday Evening Post under the title "Red Wheels Rolling"). It stars Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell and Dorothy Lamour.


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Plot summary

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In the 1840s, Chad Hanna (Fonda), a New York country boy working along the canal in Canastota, New York, joins a travelling Huguenine circus. He falls in love with beautiful bareback rider Albany Yates (Lamour), but she spurns him. Chad then finds himself attracted to another runaway, country girl Caroline Tridd (Darnell).

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Though everybody assumes that the boy is slow on the uptake, Chad manages to save the circus from financial ruin.


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  • Henry Fonda as Chad Hanna
  • Dorothy Lamour as Albany Yates
  • Linda Darnell as Caroline Tridd Hanna
  • Guy Kibbee as AD Heunine
  • Jane Darwell as Mrs. Bettina Huguenine
  • John Carradine as Bisbee
  • Ted North as Fred Shepley
  • Roscoe Ates as Ike Wayfish
  • Ben Carter as Bell Boy
  • Frank M. Thomas as Burke (as Frank Thomas)
  • Olin Howland as Cisco Tridd
  • Frank Conlan as Mr. Proudfoot
  • Eddie Conrad as Fiero (as Edward Conrad)
  • Edward McWade as Elias
  • Edward Mundy as Joe Duddy
  • Sarah Padden as Mrs. Tridd

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