Chad Hanna


1h 26m 1940

Brief Synopsis

Country boy (Fonda) joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with the bare-back rider (Lamour). Later he falls in love with another circus runaway (Darnell).

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 27, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Red Wheels Rolling by Walter D. Edmonds (Boston, 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,226ft

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 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.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 27, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Red Wheels Rolling by Walter D. Edmonds (Boston, 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,226ft

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Notes

Walter Edmond's novel was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post (10 February-30 March 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.