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Men of Chance (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 8 January 1932 (USA)
Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk... See full summary »

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Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk falls in love with and asks to marry. After the marriage Martha, who has genuinely fallen in love with Silk, innocently feeds his inside betting information to Dorval, causing Silk to lose a fortune. When she realizes what she's done, she confesses all to her husband, who becomes enraged and orders her out of his life. Faced with poverty, she teams up once again with Dorval as he asks her to betray Silk one last time. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The 5,000 franc bet Johnny makes about what drink will be ordered next would equate to about $200 at the time, or about $3,500 in 2016. See more »

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Martha hears music being played out on the street and goes to the window and looks down. She then throws a coin down to them. The violinist goes to pick up the coin from the sidewalk. However, the coin was already there in the first shot, before Martha throws it. See more »

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El Capitan
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at the racetrack
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Worth Seeing For Its Two Leads

Mary Astor and Riccardo Cortez worked well together. Here, she is a bad girl. Or she is perceived to be a bad girl. She's in Parish when we meet her. Her dreams of being an artist have fizzled and she's down on her luck.

She marries American gambler Cortez. He's hard-boiled but falls for her right away. She's hard-boiled and doesn't fall for him right away but does eventually. (This is not giving away the plot.) Both are excellent. It is, however, a rather creaky plot. Though the movie was made before the Code, it is not at all racy. The racetrack scenes look authentic and are fun.


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