One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Excellent look at gambling addiction and its consequences.
This early talkie deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for its excellent screenplay. William Powell gives an assured performance as an "honest" gambler, who refuses to throw a game. He even has one of his cronies bumped off for doing so. Later, his impressionistic brother comes to town with his new wife (Jean Arthur) and not knowing his big brother's true profession, attempts to win a fortune with his savings in an organized gambling session. When Powell has to throw the game to disillusion and alienate his brother, he becomes a marked man for his own gang. The clever plotting carries the film. Powell shows complete ease before the camera and does a fine job in the lead. Well worth watching.
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