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King of Gamblers (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 23 April 1937 (USA)
A fast moving and low budget crime drama seasoned with mystery & comedy. SPOILERS: Akim Tamiroff, Paramount's resident crime lord... See full synopsis »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dixie Moore
Jim Adams
Steve Kalkas
Eddie (as Larry Crabbe)
Helen Burgess ...
Jackie Nolan
George Kramer
Harvey Stephens ...
J.G. Temple
Barlowe Borland ...
Mr. Parker
Purnell Pratt ...
Colin Tapley ...
Big Edna
Robert Gleckler ...
Ed Murkil
Nick Lukats ...
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A fast moving and low budget crime drama seasoned with mystery & comedy. SPOILERS: Akim Tamiroff, Paramount's resident crime lord... See full synopsis »

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23 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czar of the Slot Machines  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


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Music by Ralph Rainger and Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Slot Machine King takes a fall
25 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Akim Tamiroff plays the title role in King Of Gamblers and truth be told the way Tamiroff does it, it ain't gambling. He's a racketeer who places slot machines in venues not necessarily willing to have one. The film opens with a bomb thrown into a barber shop which has replaced Tamiroff's machine with another mob's. Some kids playing outside the shop are killed and the heat goes on.

But that's nothing compared to the heat that nightclub singer Claire Trevor brings to Tamiroff. She's been going out with him and he's set her up real nice in a swank apartment. But the death of Helen Burgess, Trevor's former roommate along with Harvey Stephens the guy Burgess married who was involved in Tamiroff's rackets sets her on a quest for vengeance. Trevor is aided and abetted by Lloyd Nolan a crusading reporter for Porter Hall's newspaper.

During the late Thirties and early Forties Tamiroff was under contract to Paramount and played some really good villains and cutthroat types although he could do comedy as well. In King Of Gamblers he's one crafty dude and his fall from power was quite accidental.

One thing that was haunting was Helen Burgess's death scene, it was eerie in its prescience. Burgess did only four films for Paramount and later in 1937 she died of lobar pneumonia. Seeing her on her deathbed was unintentionally kind of freaky. There's a story with Burgess that needs telling, I believe she was the inspiration for the dead actress played in flashback by Valli in Miracle Of The Bells.

King Of Gamblers is a nicely paced B crime drama from Paramount which could have used some better editing. Still a good cast delivers the goods.

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