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Silver Dollar

Silver Dollar
Movie: Silver Dollar(1932)[tt0023472] Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds an opera house. He leaves Sarah for glamorous Lily and, when he makes it to Washington as Senator, marries her. When the gold standard is introduced, he's ruined. Written byEd Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>
Title Silver Dollar
Release Date 24 December 1932 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Biography, Drama
Production Companies First National Pictures
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson...
Yates Martin...
Bebe Daniels
Bebe Daniels...
Lily Owens...
Aline MacMahon
Aline MacMahon...
Sarah Martin...
DeWitt Jennings
DeWitt Jennings...
The Mine Foreman...
Robert Warwick
Robert Warwick...
Colonel Stanton...
Russell Simpson
Russell Simpson...
Hamlin...
Harry Holman
Harry Holman...
Adams...
Charles Middleton
Charles Middleton...
Jenkins...
Emmett Corrigan
Emmett Corrigan...
President Arthur...
Christian Rub
Christian Rub...
Rische...
Wade Boteler
Wade Boteler...
A Miner...

Reviews

utgard14 on 18 October 2014
So-so biopic of Horace Tabor, with the name changed to Yates Martin. Presumably this is to avoid a lawsuit but it makes one wonder why that didn't seem to affect many other biopics made back in the day. Perhaps it's because Tabor isn't portrayed in the most flattering light. Edward G. Robinson does a fine job playing the "little man who badly wants to be a big shot." He rises from merchant to silver miner to politician, leaving wife Aline MacMahon for mistress Bebe Daniels along the way. The film depends entirely on Robinson to carry it. The story is pretty predictable and by-the-numbers, regardless of its basis on real people. The problem is that the movie is lacking in a point or particularly interesting characters to distinguish it from a hundred other similar movies you've seen. Robinson fans will enjoy it more than most, and it's certainly watchable, but I can't recommend it to everybody else as it's ultimately forgettable.

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