The Dark Horse (1932)

The Progressive Party convention is deadlocked for governor, and so both sides nominate the dark horse Zachary Hicks (Guy Kibbee). Kay Russell (Bette Davis) suggests they hire Hal Blake as campaign manager; but first they have to get him out of jail for not paying alimony. Blake (Warren William) organizes the office and coaches Hicks to answer every question by pausing and then saying, "Well yes, but then again no." Blake will sell Hicks as dumb but honest. Russell refuses to marry Blake, while Joe (Frank McHugh) keeps people away from Blake's office. Blake teaches Hicks a speech by Lincoln. At the debate when the conservative candidate Underwood recites the same speech, Blake exposes him as a plagiarist. Hicks is presented for photo opportunities and gives his yes-and-no answer to any question, including whether he expects to win.

Directing:
  • Alfred E. Green

Writing:
  • Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Wilson Mizner
  • Joseph Jackson

Stars:
Release Date: 1932-06-16
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 75
Frank McHugh
Frank McHugh
Joe
Bette Davis
Bette Davis
Kay Russell
Bert Moorhouse
Bert Moorhous...
Reporter
Warren William
Warren Willia...
Hal Samson Blake
Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee
Zachary Hicks
Louise Beavers
Louise Beaver...
Levinnia, Kay's Maid
Robert Emmett O'Connor
Robert Emmett...
Sheriff (as Robert E. O'Connor)
Vivienne Osborne
Vivienne Osbo...
Maybelle Blake, Hal's ex-wife
Wilbur Mack
Wilbur Mack
Conservative Party Man
Charles Sellon
Charles Sello...
Mr. Green
Phil Tead
Phil Tead
Bellhop
Cyril Ring
Cyril Ring
Airport Clerk
Sam Hardy
Sam Hardy
Mr. Black
Harry Holman
Harry Holman
Mr. Jones
Berton Churchill
Berton Church...
William A. Underwood
Robert Warwick
Robert Warwic...
Mr. Clark
Wilfred Lucas
Wilfred Lucas
Debate Chairman
Tom McGuire
Tom McGuire
Conservative Party Man
Paul Panzer
Paul Panzer
Delegate Telephoning
Charles Sherlock
Charles Sherl...
Progressive Party Man
Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe
Blackfeet Indian Chief
Harry Wilson
Harry Wilson
Man in Jail Cell
Robert Emmet O'Connor
Robert Emmet...
le sheriff
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