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Gambling on the High Seas (1940)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  22 June 1940 (USA)
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Gambling boss Greg Morella runs a crooked ship-- all the gaming tables on his floating casino are rigged. Because the ship operates outside of the three-mile state limit, the authorities ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Carter
Greg Morella
U.S. District Attorney
Roger Pryor ...
Max Gates
Robert Strange ...
Larry Brill
John Gallaudet ...
Steve Sterling
Frank Ferguson ...
City District Attorney
Harry Shannon ...
Chief of Police
George Meader ...
Secretary to City Attorney
William Pawley ...
Murray Alper ...


Gambling boss Greg Morella runs a crooked ship-- all the gaming tables on his floating casino are rigged. Because the ship operates outside of the three-mile state limit, the authorities can't get the evidence they need to convict Morella. Roving reporter Jim Carver thinks he can get the goods on the kingpin. He enlists Morella's secretary Laurie to help him secure evidence of the fixed games as well as proof that Morella murdered his partner Max Gates. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Let;s go past the three mile limit...where the racketeers run steamships for suckers! (origonal poster) See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El casino flotante  »

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1.37 : 1
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William Pawley and Murray Alper are billed as "Frank" and "Louie," and are called by those names throughout, but in a note concerning a murder, they are listed as "Buggs Tomski" and "Mickey Moran." See more »

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Wayne Morris's character is called Jim Carver in the film, but Jim Carter in the credits. See more »


Remake of Special Agent (1935) See more »


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(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Simple but energetic crime drama with reporter vs. gambler
20 August 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Jim Carver, ace reporter, announces his intention to go out and bring down the notorious gambler Morella. His boss tells him: "If you can, Jim, it'll be the greatest story the Journal ever had. But it'll be dangerous!"

Subtle dialog is not among this picture's strengths, but a decent energy level and an interesting cast keep it entertaining.

Gilbert Roland is quite smooth as Morella, the professional criminal who has set up an offshore gambling ship just outside the three-mile police enforcement limit. Everybody knows that Morella is a crook—and is behind at least one murder—but nobody can prove it.

Wayne Morris is big and smiley as reporter Jim; although likable enough, Morris is so cheerful and spouts that good corny dialog with such eagerness that sometimes it's hard not to laugh. For example, when his girlfriend is kidnapped: "I got Laurie into this mess, and if I ever expect her to become Mrs. Jim Carver, I gotta get her out of it."

Jane Wyman is Laurie, the spunky girlfriend who works right on board the gambling ship as Morella's secretary. Wyman hardly appears in the first half of the picture; it's no coincidence that the movie's second half, with Wyman as a major character, is faster moving and just generally much snappier.

Plot and dialog so-so, cast giving it their best shot anyway….It's no classic but that Warner Bros. punch still makes for an entertaining enough 55 minutes.

My favorite exchange— Morris: "You don't pay enough attention to me." Wyman: "What do you want for nothing?"

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