The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

Director: Alfred E. Green Cast: Warren William, Bette Davis, Guy Kibbee

DVD (Full Frame)

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Alfred E. Green directs the political satire The Dark Horse, starring Bette Davis early in her career. The progressive party nominates moronic candidate Zachary Hicks (Guy Kibbee) for governor. Party secretary Kay Russell (Davis) wants to hire her sweetheart, Hal Blake (Warren William), for campaign manager, even though he is in jail for not paying his alimony. Impressed with his slick behavior, the campaign committee bails him out of jail and he goes to work. He teaches Hicks to give cryptic answers to journalists and makes him memorize a speech by Abraham Lincoln. During the big debate, conservative opponent William A. Underwood (Berton Churchill) quotes Lincoln and Hicks calls him a plagiarist. Eventually, Blake's ex-wife, Maybelle (Vivienne Osborne) shows up demanding her alimony payments. The climactic scene involves a set-up at a rural mountain cabin and confusing marital arrangements. Also starring Frank McHugh as aide Joe and Sam Hardy as the conservative manager Mr. Black. Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck received co-writing credits for the screenplay under the pseudonymn Melville Crossman.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
UPC: 0888574281748
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:14:00
Sales rank: 44,389

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren William Hal S. Blake
Bette Davis Kay Russell
Guy Kibbee Zachary Hicks
Frank McHugh Joe
Vivienne Osborne Maybelle, Hal's ex-wife
Sam Hardy Black
Robert Warwick Clark
Harry Holman Jones
Charles Sellon Green
Robert E. O'Connor Sheriff
Berton Churchill William A. Underwood

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
Joe Jackson Screenwriter
George Marks Editor
Wilson Mizner Screenwriter
Jack Okey Art Director
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Courtney Terrett Original Story
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer,Screenwriter

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