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Gambling with Souls (1936)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | September 1936 (USA)
Young girls are cheated in rigged gambling games and then forced into prostitution to pay off their debts.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martha Chapin ...
Mrs. Mae Miller
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'Lucky' Wilder
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'Million Dollar' Taylor
Gay Sheridan ...
Carolyn
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Molly Murdock
Edward Keane ...
District Attorney (as Ed. Keane)
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Dr. John Miller
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Drunk Man in Bar
Florence Dudley ...
Jean
Eddie Laughton ...
Nick
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Storyline

Mae Miller wants the finer things in life, luxuries that she feels her husband, a doctor, cannot provide for her. She begins to gamble in order to ring in spending money for herself, but winds up deep in debt. To pay her dues, she is reduced to the shame of selling herself. Written by Kieran Kenney

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Daring expose of New York's woman rackets! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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September 1936 (USA)  »

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The Vice Racket  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dive restaurant where Carolyn goes slumming is the same one that appears in the opening scenes of Marihuana (1936). The house that Mae and her husband share also appears in Slaves in Bondage (1937) and the vanity set in Mae's bedroom also shows up in Reefer Madness (1936), where it's also owned by a character named Mae. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the microphone moves up the wall in the foreground when the boy with the hat is dragged into a room. See more »

Quotes

Attorney: There's nothing I can do.
Dr. Miller: [holding his wife's hands in his] Yes, there is! You can give me back my wife!
Attorney: I'm sorry, but that has to be decided by a judge and a jury.
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Edited into Teen Age (1943) See more »

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Stunning star performance
6 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This somewhat ramshackle production starts out as it means to go on, with shots of police starting out on a raid, clearly borrowed from elsewhere. We're soon introduced to Mae Miller, wife of a distinguished surgeon, and arrested for the murder of the local vice king following her inducement into heavy gambling, and then being forced to work as a call girl to pay off her debts. She's played by the unknown Martha Chapin, who is absolutely mesmerising in a performance of real star quality. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to a renowned star of the infinitely more explicit Adult entertainment of over forty years later, the adorable Juliet Anderson, she is alternately vivacious and vulnerable, and very sexy throughout. Did participation in such an outlaw movie as this preclude working in more respectable productions? If so, then what a waste.

The rest of the acting is variable; Wheeler Oakman as head of the gambling/vice racket would have been twirling his moustache, had it been longer; Vera Steadman is quite good as Mae's supposed friend Molly. In its crude fashion, this is entertaining, keeping you watching, and fans of this kind of dubious fare from yesteryear should enjoy it.


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