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Gambling House (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 January 1951 (USA)
In New York, a small-time hood, who took the rap for a murder committed by his crime-boss in exchange for 50 G's, faces deportation because he doesn't hold American citizenship.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

Marvin Borowsky (screenplay), Allen Rivkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Marc Fury
Terry Moore ... Lynn Warren
William Bendix ... Joe Farrow
Zachary Charles Zachary Charles ... Willie (as Zachary A. Charles)
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge Ravinek
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Lloyd Crane
Damian O'Flynn ... Ralph Douglas
Cleo Moore ... Sally
Ann Doran ... Della
Eleanor Audley ... Mrs. Livingston
Gloria Winters ... B. J. Warren
Don Haggerty ... Sharky
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Storyline

Small time racketeer Marc Fury agrees to plead self-defense for a murder committed by gang boss Joe Farrow in exchange for Farrow's I.O.U. for $50,000. He is acquitted but is ordered deported by immigration authorities unless he can convince the judge to let him stay. After meeting volunteer worker Lynn Warren his tough guy exterior begins to soften as he follows her through her efforts to settle a family of European refugees. Events lead to a dramatic conclusion as Farrow welches on his deal with him and Fury attends his final deportation hearing. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Too dangerous for a girl to fool with! Too tough for a mob to soften! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias Mike Fury See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $50,000 Farrow promises Fury would be worth almost $500,000 in 2016. See more »

Quotes

Joe Farrow: You been losing a lot lately. Almost broke, ain't ya?
Marc Fury: That's your estimate.
Lloyd Crane: Would 50,000 dollars interest you?
Marc Fury: Maybe.
Lloyd Crane: Well, here's your situation. I suggest you let them put you on trial. We'll plead self-defense and keep you off the stand. It'll appear obvious that Blenheim pulled a gun, shot you and you grabbed it. In the scuffle, Blenheim was killed. Farrow will be a good witness. And I'm positive no one can laugh off that hole in you.
Marc Fury: [turning his head towards Farrow] Have a got your word ...
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Confused storyline subverts atmospheric direction
18 July 2000 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The opening and closing images of this movie, directed by Ted Tetzlaff, fall firmly in the tradition of evocative noir staging and shooting. Too bad the bulk of the movie falls far short of that promise. Victor Mature, an operative in a gambling syndicate bossed by duplicitous William Bendix, eludes a rap but finds himself about to be deported. Squeakily wholesome Terry Moore, who works expediting such cases, falls for Mature (she's the primary female presence in the film, which cries out for a darker, more ambiguous woman). For long stretches it's unclear whether the script is about the inequalities of the immigration laws or about the dangers of organized gambling. A much grittier treatment of the same subject, from the same era, is The Lady Gambles, starring the First Lady of Film Noir, Barbara Stanwyck.


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