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The Winning Ticket (1935)

Passed | | Comedy | 8 February 1935 (USA)
An Italian-American barber, Joe Thomasello, buys a sweepstakes ticket but doesn't tell his wife, Nora, as she takes a dim view of gambling in any form. The ticket turns out to be the prize ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Riesner)

Writers:

Robert Pirosh (story), George Seaton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leo Carrillo ... Joe Tomasello
Louise Fazenda ... Nora Tomasello
Ted Healy ... Eddie Dugan
Irene Hervey ... Mary Tomasello
James Ellison ... Jimmy Powers
Luis Alberni ... Tony Capucci
Purnell Pratt ... Mr. Powers
Akim Tamiroff ... Guiseppe
Betty Jane Graham ... Noreen Tomasello
Billy Watson Billy Watson ... Joey Tomasello Jr.
John Indrisano ... Lefty Costello
Roland Fitzpatrick Roland Fitzpatrick ... Mickey Tomasello
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An Italian-American barber, Joe Thomasello, buys a sweepstakes ticket but doesn't tell his wife, Nora, as she takes a dim view of gambling in any form. The ticket turns out to be the prize winner but Joe can't find it where he hid it from Nora, as the baby in the family found it also. The frantic search leads to the family being jailed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Howling Sweepstakes Comedy (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorte Grande e Nada Mais See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lots and Lots of Shouting
28 October 2017 | by michellederumSee all my reviews

A silly, lighthearted comedy made nearly unwatchable by the sustained level of shouting from start to finish. In an effort to hammer home the whole "Italian immigrant" flavor of the story, every character seems to have been given instructions to shout/yell/holler their lines three inches from each other's faces, while stomping and gesticulating wildly. I had a headache about 10 minutes in, and a full blown migraine by the end.

Leo Carillo plays the lead as Joe. He has some funny lines, punctuated by some charming facial expressions - a glimmer of what this comedy could have been. Try as he might, he can't contain the mess, as Luis Alberni (as cousin Tony) boils over and then proceeds to scorch the pot dry with his obnoxious, high-volume clowning. Not to be outdone or upstaged, virtually ever other actor follows suit.

Not surprisingly, Ted Healy brought an antagonistic, sour note to the cacophony. Louise Fazenda's quirky talents were unused, somewhat sadly.

Get your aspirin and earplugs ready for this one.


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