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Never Trust a Gambler (1951)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 July 1951 (USA)
A small-time gambler on the run from the law, hides in his ex-wife's house, accidentally kills a drunken detective during a fight and uses his ex-wife as a hostage during the final shootout with the LAPD.

Director:

Ralph Murphy

Writers:

Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Jerome Odlum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dane Clark ... Steve Garry
Cathy O'Donnell ... Virginia Merrill
Tom Drake ... Police Sgt. Ed Donovan
Jeff Corey ... Lou Brecker
Myrna Dell ... Dolores Alden
Rhys Williams ... Police Sgt. Quentin McCloy
Kathryn Card Kathryn Card ... Phoebe
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Small-time gambler flees town and hooks up with his ex-wife (Virginia) to avoid arrest for murder. Protecting Virginia from a masher, he accidentally kills the man, then tries to make it look like an accident. When police detect the crime and come after him, he goes on the run again, but this time with his wife as a hostage. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAEL_PEM@aol.com>

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...The Body Leads to the Bottle...The Bottle Points to a Girl...And the Girl Drops the Noose on the MURDERER! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Help from Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Fight, a Car Crash and a Fire
27 September 2010 | by rpvanderlindenSee all my reviews

"Never Trust a Gambler" is a quick-moving, breezy little b-thriller with just the right amounts of action, suspense, and romance to waste, most agreeably, eighty minutes of your time. Psychopathic ex-hubby (Dane Clark) crashes ex-wife's (Cathy O'Donnell) quiet life to hole up in her home. He has a line, and she falls for it. Enter nasty skirt-chaser, add "a fight, a car crash, and a fire" (to misquote a line of dialogue) and pretty soon they're up to their eyeballs in trouble. Enter, too, a cute young cop (Tom Drake) who falls head-over-heels for the girl. Some of the story is handled with b-movie dispatch, but there is also enough characterization to keep the characters interesting, and the love story is both tender and realistic. Good cast, good photography, a fair bit of on-location shooting and an exciting climax high on a construction crane in a shipyard.


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