Chad Hanna was a romantic circus drama starring Henry Fonda as a young man who runs away with the three-wagon circus. He first falls for the daring “high rider,” Dorothy Lamour, who is amused by his affections but eventually leaves. Fonda then falls in love with her equestrian successor, Linda Darnell, and marries her. Filmed in Technicolor, the movie’s big-top atmosphere creates a visual spectacle (the red and white rococo wagons, acrobats in pink tights and gold fringe, the blare and glare of the trombones).
Chad Hanna was the third of three Walter D. Edmonds novels to become films and the third to star Henry Fonda. The first two were The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) based on the novel Rome Haul and Drums Along the Mohawk (1939).
Cast: Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Linda Darnell, Guy Kibbee, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Ted North,
Director: Henry King
Producers: Nunnally Johnson, Darryl F. Zanuck
Original Story: Walter D. Edmonds
Directors of Photography: Ernest Palmer, Ray Rennahan
Editor: Barbara McLean
Composer: David Buttolph
Screenwriter: Nunnally Johnson
Production Designer: Richard Day
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 86 minutes / 1940