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Gambler's Choice (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 27 April 1944 (USA)
The professional gambler Ross Hadley is the owner of a posh gaming establishment in the heart of New York. Hadley's main antagonist is his childhood friend Mike McGlennon. McGlennon, now a ... See full summary »

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Frank McDonald

Writers:

Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Irving Reis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Ross Hadley
Nancy Kelly ... Mary Hayes / Vi Parker
Russell Hayden ... Mike McGlennon
Lee Patrick ... Fay Lawrence
Lloyd Corrigan ... Ulysses Sylvester Rogers
Sheldon Leonard ... Chappie Wilson
Lyle Talbot ... Yellow Gloves Weldon
Maxine Lewis Maxine Lewis ... Bonnie D'Arcy
Tom Dugan ... Benny
Charles Arnt ... Honest John McGrady
Billy Nelson ... Danny May
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The professional gambler Ross Hadley is the owner of a posh gaming establishment in the heart of New York. Hadley's main antagonist is his childhood friend Mike McGlennon. McGlennon, now a police lieutenant, is determined to stop the gambling activities of Hadley. Hadley's and McGlennnon's relationship becomes more complex, when they notice, that they both are in love with the attractive Mary Hayes. Mary sings in nightclubs under the stage name 'Vi Parker'. Written by Robert

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A Thunder bolt of thrills...with life betting on the turn of a card! See more »

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quien mal anda mal acaba See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Hold Me Just a Little Closer
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Benjamin Barnett
Performed by Nancy Kelly
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Decent Little Programmer
26 February 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie never rises above programmer status, but it's a good lively cast that gets the most out of clichéd material. Three childhood friends meet up as adults. Ross (Morris) has become a big time gambling house owner while Mike (Hayden) is now a police lieutenant and Mary, a stage entertainer. The boys become friendly rivals over Mary; at the same time, Mike's friendship gets compromised by Ross's sometimes shady operations. Sound familiar. That's because this sort of theme was common during the 30's, from Cagney to Gable, that is, childhood friends graduating into different sides of the law and becoming friendly enemies. What did surprise me here was Russell Hayden as Mike. I'd only seen him as the happy-go-lucky Lucky in the Hopalong Cassidy series. Here, sporting a mustache, he plays a more dramatic role in fine fashion. Otherwise, the movie's a decent little time-passer.


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