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The Winning Ticket (1935)

Passed | | Comedy | 8 February 1935 (USA)
An Italian-American barber, Joe Thomasello, buys a sweepstakes ticket but doesn't tell his wife, Nora, as she takes a dim view of gambling in any form. The ticket turns out to be the prize ... See full summary »

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An Italian-American barber, Joe Thomasello, buys a sweepstakes ticket but doesn't tell his wife, Nora, as she takes a dim view of gambling in any form. The ticket turns out to be the prize winner but Joe can't find it where he hid it from Nora, as the baby in the family found it also. The frantic search leads to the family being jailed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Pleasant Comedy Programmer
17 December 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The usual MGM gloss is applied in a different way to this comedy programmer as no expense is spared in making sure that the many roles are filled with good character comedians -- many of whom would later find employment as comedy ethnics in Preston Sturges' stock company. The plot, such as it is, involves an Italian barber in New York who buys a winning ticket in the Irish Sweepstakes. Leo Carillo is warm and funny in the lead, even if the redoubtable Louise Fazenda is largely wasted playing straightwoman as his wife. Luis Alberni gets a sizable funny role. Ted Healy is annoying, as usual.

The script is credited to Robert Pirosh based on a story by George Seaton -- the latter's second movie credit. It's not a great movie, but it is very pleasant.


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