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You Can't Buy Luck (1937)

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Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Onslow Stevens ...
Joe Baldwin
Helen Mack ...
Betty McKay
Vinton Hayworth ...
Paul Vinette
Maxine Jennings ...
Jean Jason
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Frank Bent
Frank M. Thomas ...
Police Lt. Bond
Richard Lane ...
Detective Mac McGrath
Murray Alper ...
Chauffeur Spike Connors
Mrs. Agnes White
Dudley Clements ...
Doug White
Store Clerk


Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger Jean Jason, about whom he has no illusions, and in order to get rid of her he finances her European vacation, and with her, unknown to Baldwin, goes full-time gigolo/part time artist Paul Vinette. Before a big race Baldwin is at an orphanage near the track and expresses his wishes for rain on the following day as his horse, "Sarcasm", runs best on a muddy track. The orphans resent his wish as it is also to be the day of their annual big outing, as does the orphanage assistant, Betty McKay, who chides Baldwin for his selfish viewpoint. It does rain but "Sarcasm" loses anyway, and Baldwin decides it was because the orphans were pulling against him. He arranges a big party for the kids and he and Betty fall in love. When Jean returns from Europe, she demands $50,000 to fade out of the picture. He tells ... Written by Les Adams <>

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ROMANCE ROARS DOWN THE the man who knew all about horses learns a lesson about women and love! See more »


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Another programmer with an unbelievable storyline and a predictable ending
12 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Onslow Stevens and Helen Mack never achieved true greatness in movies, but they had some success in TV and Broadway, perhaps because of the many films they made for the studio system (like this one) that were of unexceptional quality. The plot summary listed above could be the storyboard for the movie, so I won't waste your time; however, a quick scan above should give you an idea of how odd the story is. Summing up the first half, Onslow Stevens is an extremely superstitious gambler, down on his luck. By way of an orphanage that has brought him his bad luck he finds instant love with an all too nice girl played by Helen Mack. The second half is best stated as an "innocent man framed for murder gets nice girl to find proof he's not guilty while on the lam then convinces cops to set up real killer in the nick of time--the end" type of story. Heard that one before? If you need background noise while working on a really late night then this is your movie.

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