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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 »

Director:

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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ROUGH...TOUGH...TERRIFIC...with life betting on the turn of a card! See more »

Genres:

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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kind of a western, but in gambling houses, not so many horses.
16 May 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Some fun names in this one... Chester Morris (Boston Blackie) , Lloyd Corrigan (who doesnt seem to be related to Ray, but they DID make a film together), Lyle Talbot, and a young Nancy Kelly. Even Dick Elliot, the mayor from Andy Griffith. In Gambler's Choice, a group of kids that grew up together, running scams here and there, meet up again as adults. Except that now, Mike is a cop, and the others still aren't grown up yet, running gambling shops and helping a friend throw the election the right way. When people start getting shot dead, the cops vow to track down the killers. Gambling houses are raided. It's all pretty formula. Good guys against the organized crime guys. All done in 66 minutes. Directed by Frank McDonald, king of the old westerns. It's okay.... i caught this one on Midnight Movies channel. Not bad.


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