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Sweepstakes Winner (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 May 1939 (USA)
A naive girl has $1,000 and is told to have two broke bookies bet it for her. They lose the money and she gets a job as a waitress. They come into the cafe and convince her to buy an Irish Sweepstake ticket.


(as William McGann)


(as John Krafft)


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Complete credited cast:
Jennie Jones
Mark Downe
Xerxes 'Tip' Bailey
Charley Foy ...
'Jinx' Donovan
Nick, the Chef
Chalky Williams
Mrs. McCarthy, the Landlady
Pop Reynolds
Eddie Kane ...
Mr. Blake
Bert Hanlon ...
Poolroom Guard
Mr. Simpkins (as Sidney Bracy)
Charles Irwin ...
English Radio Announcer


A naive girl has $1,000 and is told to have two broke bookies bet it for her. They lose the money and she gets a job as a waitress. They come into the cafe and convince her to buy an Irish Sweepstake ticket.

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Did You Know?


The fire engines seen going to the race track were from Los Angeles Fire Department Station 66, that was located at 1715 W. Florence Avenue from 1929 to 1989. That building still stands as of this writing. The new Station 66 is located at 1909 W. Slauson Blvd. and serves the Hyde Park - South LA - Vermont Harbor area. See more »


When Tip and Jinx sit down at a table in the restaurant, Jinx puts the menu upright in the middle of the table between the sugar, salt and pepper shakers and a bottle. In the next shot, the menu is flat on the table off to the side. See more »

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Fun at the Racetrack
3 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Naive blonde waitress Marie Wilson (as Jennie Jones) arrives from small-town Athens, Nebraska, intending to buy a racehorse named "Firefly". The beloved nag is descended from a horse owned by her grandfather. Unfortunately, Ms. Wilson gets involved with two con men, smooth-talking Allen Jenkins (as "Tip" Bailey) and his well-suited partner Charley Foy (as "Jinx" Donovan). After she is fleeced, Wilson gets a waitressing job. She is hired after hinting she may be available for dating after hours, on Saturday nights, with romantically-inclined boss Johnnie Davis (as Mark Downe). Wilson's luck changes with a winning "Irish Sweepstakes" ticket. In a highlight, she makes her serving tray fly. Wilson is able to buy "Firefly", but sneaky Mr. Jenkins wants to take further advantage...

Jenkins hits all the marks, and likely adds some of his own, in this otherwise routine comedy. With his distinctive voice, the character actor was dependable, for decades, in this type of role. Wilson is cute and bubbly; at times, you wonder if Judy Garland borrowed some of her delivery. Mugging jockey Frankie Burke (as "Chalky" Williams) has a couple of good scenes and, as a concerned landlady, veteran Vera Lewis gets to share some of her acid-tongue. Among the extras, it's interesting to see John Harron get some lines and screen time. The brother of silent D.W. Griffith "silent" star Robert Harron, John is the fast-talking Narragansett racetrack announcer. Diner chef Jerry Colonna rolls his eyes. All told, director William McGann neatly corrals the second-string cast and crew at Warner Bros.

****** Sweepstakes Winner (5/20/39) William McGann ~ Marie Wilson, Allen Jenkins, Johnnie Davis, Charley Foy

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