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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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Complete credited cast:
Martha Chapin ...
Mrs. Mae Miller
Wheeler Oakman ...
'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)
Robert Frazer ...
Dr. John Miller
Gaston Glass ...
Drunk man in bar
Florence Dudley ...
Jean
Eddie Laughton ...
Nick
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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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A beautiful girl whose husband could not afford the luxuries - so she sought them elsewhere See more »

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Crime | Drama

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The Vice Racket  »

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During the police raid at the beginning of the film, a fat man hides under the bed, and is brought out by a cop. During this entire scene, the shadow of the microphone is plainly visible on the left wall of the set. 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 Mrs. Harris (2005) See more »

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11 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Gambling With Souls (1936)

* (out of 4)

Police raid a gambling house where they discover a dead man with a woman holding a gun over him. They take the woman in for questioning where they learn the gambling house was used to cheat women into losing all their money so that they'll have to join a prostitution ring. Early exploitation/"warning" film is actually fairly well-made but that leads to boredom instead of laughs ala Reefer Madness. Without that "so bad it's good" feeling this one falls flat on its face. At least it doesn't run too long and if you're a fan of this genre then you'll still want to check it out but this will always remain forgotten among countless gems like Reefer Madness, Maniac and Sex Madness.


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