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Silver Dollar (1932)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Carl Erickson (screen play), Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Yates Martin
Bebe Daniels ... Lily Owens
Aline MacMahon ... Sarah Martin
DeWitt Jennings ... The Mine Foreman
Robert Warwick ... Colonel Stanton
Russell Simpson ... Hamlin
Harry Holman ... Adams
Charles Middleton ... Jenkins
Emmett Corrigan Emmett Corrigan ... President Arthur
Christian Rub ... Rische
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Hook
Wade Boteler ... A Miner
William Le Maire William Le Maire ... A Miner (as William LeMaire)
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Storyline

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 by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de la plata See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Yates Martin is based on Colorado's "Silver King", Horace A.W. Tabor, who was a United States Senator for one month and built Denver's opera house in the late 1800s. Lily Owen's character is based on Elizabeth "Baby" Doe Tabor, who Tabor married after creating a huge scandal by leaving his wife, Augusta Tabor. See more »

Goofs

About 40 minutes into the film, when Yates and Lily are first getting close to each other in her new digs, and Lily is sitting on the back of a sofa, in the closing two-shot of the scene the shadow of the boom microphone is clearly visible moving up and down on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Yates Martin: You spoil me, Lily.
Lily Owens: Nonsense. You just don't know what it is to be appreciated. That's all.
Yates Martin: Now that I'm beginning to find out, it seems kind of good. It's like rich wine when all you've been used to is cold water from a mountain spring.
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Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey In The Straw
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band when Yates is elected
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Grubstaked into a fortune
16 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the few westerns that is in the catalog of Edward G. Robinson films is this one Silver Dollar. In it Robinson plays the legendary Horace A.W. Tabor of the Colorado Tabors who if you believed this version lucked into a vast fortune. I can't believe the real Tabor didn't have some kind of shrewdness in his makeup.

In the film Robinson's character is named Yates Martin and he's a big hearted big spender type who drives his wife Aline McMahon to distraction with his generous ways. She convinces him that he ought to open a general store, but he grubstakes miners for a return of a share. It pays off beyond anyone's wildest dreams when in played out gold fields rich deposits of silver are found rivaling those of Nevada's Virginia City. In no time he's Lieutenant Governor of Colorado and briefly a U.S. Senator.

He also gets himself a trophy wife in Bebe Daniels after Robinson tires of McMahon's hectoring ways. It's quite true that Robinson owed his fortune to pure luck. But prospecting and grubstaking prospectors is a matter of a lot of luck.

Here and in real life the story was a scandal of the Victorian Age as divorce was something not done in polite society. Today these people would make great fodder for the scandal sheets and Daniels would be the Victorian Age's Anna Nicole Smith.

Robinson is as expansive as he ever has been playing a modern crime boss either seriously or for laughs. He always had a knack for playing characters who liked to live it up when they were in the chips starting with his career role of Little Caesar.

As for McMahon she treads a thin line in her performance. You feel sorry for her when she gets flung out. But at the same time you can understand in more ways than carnal why Robinson did it.

Silver Dollar is a film I wish was shown more. It's Edward G. Robinson in an unusual, but at the same time familiar part.


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