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Any Number Can Play (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 July 1949 (USA)
Gambling-house owner finds himself estranged from his wife and son.

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Lew 'Angie' Debretti
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Frank Sistina
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Paul Enley Kyng
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Although Charley Kying has owned a casino for fifteen years, on one rainy night events and people seem to converge and threaten his family home and second home, his gambling house. After a doctor secretly diagnoses him with a severe heart condition and recommends that if he continues to subject himself to the daily stress of a professional gambler, he hasn't long to live. Later that day he's made to realize that he's been neglecting his faithful wife for years and abdicated his duties as father to his son, who resents his father's unsavory reputation and rebuffs his interest in attending that night's prom. Charley's weakling brother-in-law, who sponges off him by freeloading at home and cheating him out of petty cash as croupier, agrees to conspire with rival gamblers to cheat Charley out of thousands. Among the others who add stress to what would seem to be Charley's last night in the casino are a rich former girlfriend who proposes they renew their relationship, an old nemesis who's... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

15 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Faites vos jeux  »

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Budget:

$1,465,641 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, Sleigh is humming the tune "You Are My Lucky Star". The song was co-written in 1935 by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Freed is the film's producer. This film is one of only a few non-musicals Freed produced. See more »

Quotes

Charley Enley Kyng: Too much tension... it's always coming to bat with the bases loaded.
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You Are My Lucky Star
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Music by Arthur Freed
Lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown (1936)
Hummed by Edgar Buchanan and Caleb peterson
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A Lesson in Life from Clark Gable
23 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable is a casino owner who has tried to give all he can to his wife and son, but maybe all they needed was his time. Alexis Smith and Dwayne Hickman is his wife and son, and the movie is peppered with great supporting actors like Frank Morgan, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor and Marjorie Rambeau. The film begins rather slow, but is rewarding to those who like character studies and get into family dynamics. This seems to be the type of film that doesn't rely so much on active plot but on the way the characters relate to each other, which in some ways, puts it ahead of its time. While others may find fault with the film and I do admit it has its faults, I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated what it was trying to convey, that in life we have to give a second chance not only to others but also to ourselves. A new beginning is always the best perspective. Watch Any Number Can Play and see what you get out of it.


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