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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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Cast

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Jim Carter
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Laurie Ogden
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Greg Morella
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U.S. District Attorney
Roger Pryor ...
Max Gates
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Robert Strange ...
Larry Brill
John Gallaudet ...
Steve Sterling
Frank Ferguson ...
City District Attorney
Harry Shannon ...
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George Meader ...
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William Pawley ...
Frank
Murray Alper ...
Louie
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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 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 <DanNGM@aol.com>

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STEAMSHIPS FOR SUCKERS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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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 »

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Remake of Special Agent (1935) See more »

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In a Moment of Weakness
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Music by Harry Warren
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B movie from 1940
8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wayne Morris stars with Jane Wyman and Gilbert Roland in "Gambling on the High Seas," a 1940 second feature from Warner Brothers.

Morris plays a reporter,Jim Carter and Roland is Morella, a crook who runs a gambling ship with rigged tables. The authorities haven't been able to get enough evidence to convict him. Carter approaches Morella's secretary, Laurie, who knows plenty. Carter wants proof of the fixed games and also evidence that Morella had his partner, Max Gates, murdered.

Wayne Morris had all kinds of problems with Warner Brothers, and even lost out on the Burt Lancaster role in "The Killers" because Warners wouldn't lend him out. It's a shame - he was cute, had a nice, light presence, and was very boyish. He became well known for westerns until his untimely death. Wyman is blond, young, and beautiful, and does a good job as Laurie. Gilbert Roland is incredibly handsome as the cruel Morella and is also very good.

Nice cast, very short film, decent story.


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