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The marvelous rapport between stars Clark Gable and Lana Turner makes MGM's seem far more substatianal than it really is. About to be tarred and featherd by an angry mob, frontier con artists Candy Johnson (Gable) and his pal Sniper (Chill Wills) manage to make a quick getaway via train. While on board, Candy strikes up a friendship with Boston-bred Lucy Cotton (Turner), whose "respectable" daddy Judge Cotton (Frank Morgan) turns out to be as big of a sharpster as Candy. For Lucy's sake, Candy decides to use his huckstering skill to good use by helping to build a small-town church, but soon he's up to his old tricks, managing a dance hall and gambling emporium. Growing more ambitious by the minute, Candy intends to take over the whole town with the covert assistance of Judge Cotton. But when Candy marries Lucy (who still doesn't know that he's really a crook at heart!), the enraged Judge exposes Candy's takeover scheme, only to be shot down by the gambling hall's straw boss Hearn (Albert Dekker). In his efforts to set things right and atone for past misdeeds, Candy is separated from Lucy time and time again, but there's never any doubt that a happy ending awaits them both. A TV remake of surfaced in 1974, with Richard Crenna in the Gable role. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Clark Gable
as Candy Johnson
Lana Turner
as Elizabeth Cotton
Frank Morgan
as Judge Cotton
Claire Trevor
as Gold Dust Nelson
Marjorie Main
as Rev. Mrs. Varner
Albert Dekker
as Brazos Hearn
Chill Wills
as The Sniper
Henry O'Neill
as Daniel Wells
Veda Ann Borg
as Pearl
Douglas Wood
as Gov. Wilson
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Wilson
Monte Montague
Hooper Atchley
as Sen. Ford
Ed Brady
as Waiter
Horace Murphy
as Butler
John Sheehan
Ralph Peters
Eddie Gribbon
Will Wright
Al Hill
as Miner
Cy Kendall
as Man with Tar
Henry Roquemore
as Butcher
Eddy Waller
as Train Conductor
Demetrius Alexis
as Tug
Russell Hicks
as Dr. Otis
Edward Cassidy
Jack Carr
as Brazos' Henchman
Tom Chatterton
as Citizen
Jack Baxley
Lew Harvey
as Blackie
Erville Alderson
as Man with Rail
William Haade
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Dental Patient
Dorothy Granger
as Saloon Girl
Al Bridge
Philip Morris
as Man on Train
Charles Sullivan
Ray Teal
as Poker Player
Paul Newlan
as Gentleman
Carl Stockdale
Lew Kelly
Elliott Sullivan
as Candy's Man
Lee Phelps
as Men in Meeting House
Malcolm Waite
Don Barclay
as Man with Gun
Howard Mitchell
Dick Rush
as Dentist
Frank Mills
Fay Holderness
as Bricklayer
Charles McAvoy
Anne O'Neal
as Nurse
Joe Devlin
Ted Oliver
Harry Semels
as Pallbearer
Sid Saylor
Morgan Wallace
as Adams


Jack Conway
Pandro S. Berman
Marguerite Roberts
Harold Hal Rosson
Jack Yellen
Daniele Amfitheatrof
Composer (Music Score)
Milton Ager
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Blanche Sewell
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Eddie Imazu
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Gile Steele
Costume Designer
Robert Kalloch
Costume Designer