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Russian prince goes to Monte Carlo just after World War I with money supplied him by Parisian Russians. He wins but the casino operators want him honor the tradition of returning to the tables.Written by
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Ronald Colman makes even thin material like this shine.
Ronald Colman plays the poorly named Paul Gaillard. After all, he's supposed to be a Russian prince! His name is hardly Russian. Despite this confusing name, his job is to go to Monte Carlo and try to increase the money his little band of ex-pats has. He turns out to have amazing luck and soon breaks the bank! But the casino refuses to simply let him walk away and they employ a sexy lady (Joan Bennett) to turn his head and convince him to return to the tables.
Slight as can be and Colman is miscast because he seems British, not Russian. However, despite that, his graceful manner and lovely acting work out in most every film he's done...even a weak one like this. Perhaps the only turkey he couldn't save was "The Story of Mankind"...a movie so stupid even Colman couldn't save it. This one, however, is worth seeing but far from a must-see.
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