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His Greatest Gamble (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 10 August 1934 (USA)
A man escapes from jail in France to free his daughter from her mother's hold.

Director:

John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Harry Hervey (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Phillip Eben
Dorothy Wilson ... Alice Stebbins
Bruce Cabot ... Stephen
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Florence Stebbins
Leonard Carey ... Alfred
Shirley Grey ... Bernice Solon
Edith Fellows ... Alice - as a Child
Eily Malyon ... Jenny
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A man escapes from jail in France to free his daughter from her mother's hold.

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Taglines:

A Man Gambles With Life Itself For the Sake of His Child.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Man See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Hollywood Reporter production charts include Barbara Kent in the cast, but she was not seen in the movie. See more »

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Opening credits are shown over a background of the French coastline. See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major Opus 9
(1830-1) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano offscreen
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There's a kernel of a really good movie here...
18 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a frustrating film because so much of it is so good and with a simple re-write it could have been an exceptional film. Too bad...as Richard Dix is quite good with the material he's given.

When the film begins, you see a Phillip (Dix) on the run with his daughter, Alice. It seems that he and Alice's mom recently divorced and he took Alice despite a court order. Why is this? Is it because Phillip is a jerk-face? Well, not exactly...and this is one of the problems with the film. Although Alice's mother is god- awful, Phillip is hardly father of the year material--he's a dreamer and gambling addict and hardly would provide a stable home for the kid.

During the course of their wanderings, the pair are discovered by a woman who knows Phillip and what he's done. Impulsively, Phillip ties her up and leaves her...not realizing that in the process he'd accidentally kill the woman. Soon he's captured and imprisoned for murder and Alice is forced to be raised by her wretched mother.

Many years pass and Alice has lost touch with her father and doesn't realize he was sent to prison. But, when the housekeeper comes to prison to tell him how miserable Alice is doing, he is determined to save her and soon escapes (if it was THAT easy you'd think he'd have done it long before!). And, soon he sees Alice is being kept like an invalid...all because her mother is determined to crush her spirit and keep her that way. What's next? See the film.

The best thing going for the film is Dix and his magnificent performance. With just a little smoothing out of the plot, it would have been a terrific picture. As is, it's still worth seeing but difficult to truly love.


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