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Lucky Losers (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 14 May 1950 (USA)
To solve the death of a friend, the boys go to gambling school, then go undercover as croupiers in an illegal gambling house.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Charles R. Marion (screen play), Bert Lawrence (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Slip Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Sach Jones
Hillary Brooke ... Countess Marie Duvarre
Gabriel Dell ... Gabe Moreno
Lyle Talbot ... Bruce McDermott
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as William Benedict)
Joe Turkel ... Johnny Angelo (as Joseph Turkel)
Harry Tyler ... Wellington Jefferson 'Buffer' McGee
Buddy Gorman Buddy Gorman ... Butch
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Harry Cheshire ... John Martin
Frank Jenks ... Bartender
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Tom Whitney
Wendy Waldron ... Carol Thurstinn
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Storyline

Slip Mahoney and Sach are working as runners for a New York brokerage firm owned by David J. Thurston. His daughter,Carol Thurston, is romantically involved with Gabe Moreno, a crusading television producer. David Thurston is found dead and the coroner's ruling is suicide. Slip isn't buying that, snoops around Thurston's office, and discovers a matchbox and pair of dice carrying the insignia, "The High Hat Club." Slip engages a spiel artist,Wellington J. "Buffer" McGee, to teach him, Sach and their friends, Butch, Chuck , and Whitey how to beat all games of chance. Slip, posing as "Slippery" Mahoney, and Sach as Sacramento Sach obtain jobs at the dice table of "The High Hat Club,", operated by Bruce McDermott and "Countess" Margo, and they bring in their friends to operate the card tables. Moreno, aided by information supplied by Mahoney, launches a campaign against McDermott, and has City Councilman John Martin aid him in his fight. Slip discovers a canceled check for $120,000, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They're cheating the cheaters...but they don't know the dice...and guns...are loaded! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1950 (USA) See more »

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High Stakes See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Terence Aloysius 'Slip': I'm going to powder my nose.
Horace Debussy 'Sach': Your nose ain't shiny.
Terence Aloysius 'Slip': Your head's going to be shiny if you don't shut up!
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Follows Spook Busters (1946) See more »

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Medium-Level Entry In The Series
27 September 2005 | by O'MalleySee all my reviews

"Lucky Losers" is too straight-forward to be a memorable Bowery Boys picture, though it does contain a good supporting cast. It's just not wacky enough and it lacks memorable set pieces. The scenes with Louis posing as a rich gambling fool, for example, fall flat. Still, it manages to be quite amusing and the Gorcey-Hall chemistry is as incomparable as ever.

Hillary Brooke is one of the glories of B cinema (although, regrettably, she doesn't have much to do here). Dick Elliott, who plays the drunken conventioneer, would turn up as Mike Clancy in a couple entries at the tail end of the series.


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