Casino operator Johnny Lamb hires down-on-her-luck socialite Lucille Sutton as his casino hostess, in order to help her and to improve casino income. But Lamb's pals fear he may follow ...
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Casino operator Johnny Lamb hires down-on-her-luck socialite Lucille Sutton as his casino hostess, in order to help her and to improve casino income. But Lamb's pals fear he may follow Lucille onto the straight-and-narrow path, which would not be good for business. So they hire Gert Malloy and Dictionary McKinney, a pair of con-artists, to manipulate Johnny back off the path of righteousness. Written by
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George Raft's pals hire Ida Lupino and Reginald Owen to separate him from Dolores Costello
I watched a nice clear 72-minute print of "Yours for the Asking" (1936). The audio was excellent. In this comedy-romance, George Raft is in fine form as a rough-and-ready casino owner in a low-rent district. When socialite Dolores Costello Barrymore loses and wants to pawn some jewelry with him, he strikes up a friendship. She's out of cash but has some assets, namely her social connections, her status and a big place she lives in. Raft sees in it and a partnership with her an upscale casino. His three hired help, led by James Gleason, prefer to remain as they are. To nix Raft's relationship with Costello, they hire two con artists, Ida Lupino and Reginald Owen, to attract Raft and bilk him.
Lupino shines. Owen's comic talents are on display. Gleason is his classic crusty character. Raft, called upon to be attracted to two different women and to manage his surly help, negotiates the lead role impeccably. Costello is very good as the sophisticate who hides her love for Raft while teaching him the social graces.
The script is less comic than one might hope for in a movie like this. It has no real high spots. The capable cast imbues it with as much spirit as they can muster, which is considerable, but they cannot turn it into a big success. It remains, however, a satisfactory product of the Hollywood studio system of the time.
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