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Gambling with Souls (1936)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  September 1936 (USA)
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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
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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Ripping the lid from a vicious phase of American life! 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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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 »

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The entire flimsy set shakes as the cop breaks through the door during the raid on Molly Murdock's place. See more »

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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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Dedicated To Avoidance of Vice.....And To Profits.
28 March 2005 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

The highly-publicized success in 1936 of Thomas Dewey in disassembling the vice-focused operations of "Lucky" Luciano spawned a raft of exploitative films such as this one (also titled VICE RACKET), an advertisement for which states "Soiled souls in the marts of a great city......sensational events as recently seen in the nation's headlines", a popular item for many years in those side street theatres that presented movies showcasing flesh and decadence while ostensibly offering an "educational" service to alert audiences of the wages of sin and lust. Although in love with her financially straitened surgeon husband, Mae Miller (Martha Chapin) becomes frustrated because with only a budding practice, he cannot provide for her those luxuries that her friends enjoy, and she is easily lured by an acquaintance to an illegal gambling establishment where she soon becomes addicted to the feckless thrill of wagering, that leads to more dire events after she falls into a state of substantial indebtedness to the club's crafty owner. This is Lucky Wilder (Wheeler Oakman) who places extreme pressure through a threat of blackmail upon Mrs. Miller since her debt to him has exceeded $10000, an enormous amount during the Great Depression, and Mae is compelled to become a call girl for Wilder in order to pay the vicemaster what she owes him, but events still worsen for the doctor's wife when her younger sister Carolyn (Gay Sheridan) is entrapped in the same manner. The scenario is related in flashbacks, with a District Attorney's office as setting of the present where Mae is being grilled as an accused murder suspect, characterized by the D.A. as "You who thrive on the slime of life", and yet the case has not been decided for Mae Miller in this quite sleazily-toned but competently constructed low-budget potboiler that is well-edited and ably directed by Elmer Clifton, who in his palmy days had been a favoured director for the Gish sisters, with perky Sheridan and well-practiced villain Oakman both convincing in their roles.


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