Chad Hanna

Chad Hanna is a 1940 American drama romance film directed by Henry King, and was adapted from a bestseller of sorts that was published that same year. The novel was written by Walter Dumaux Edmonds (after it had first been published in serial form in the Saturday Evening Post under the title "Red Wheels Rolling"). It stars Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell and Dorothy Lamour.[2]

Chad Hanna
Film poster
Directed byHenry King
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Screenplay byNunnally Johnson
Based onRed Wheels Rolling (1940)
by Walter D. Edmonds[1]
StarringHenry Fonda
Dorothy Lamour
Linda Darnell
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Ray Rennahan
Edited byBarbara McLean
Color processTechnicolor
20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 25, 1940 (1940-12-25)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


In the 1840s, Chad Hanna (Fonda), a New York country boy working along the canal in Canastota, New York, joins a travelling circus. He falls in love with beautiful bareback rider Albany Yates (Lamour), but she spurns him. Chad then finds himself attracted to another runaway, country girl Caroline Tridd (Darnell).

Though everybody assumes that the boy is slow on the uptake, Chad manages to save the circus from financial ruin.[2]



  1. ^ Alan Goble (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 622–. ISBN 978-3-11-095194-3.
  2. ^ a b entry

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