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Lucky Jordan, cynical gambler and racketeer, finds one thing his luck and connections can't fix: the draft board. In the army, he fits like the proverbial square peg, and deserts...to find his former henchman selling the mob's services to enemy spies and saboteurs. Meanwhile, Jill, the attractive WAC he's taken hostage, hopes to reform him (by any means at her disposal). But it takes an unexpected plot twist to make Jordan change his ways... Written by
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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. Its New York City television premiere took place Friday 27 February 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). In Chicago it was first telecast 11 October 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Francisco 18 September 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 15 October 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 5 March 1961 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in St. Louis 28 May 1961 on KMOX (Channel 4). It was released on DVD 3 March 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series and also enjoys an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
'Til I ran up against you, Nazi was just a word in the newspaper to me. Now it's another way to spell cockroach.
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This is a very entertaining movie. A lot funnier upon repeated viewing (dialogue is very witty and fast). Alan Ladd (underrated actor to begin with) has made very few comedies and shines here in both delivery, mannerisms and excellent timing. Helen Walker is holding her own and has just about as good an on-screen chemistry with Ladd as Veronica Lake in his noir movies. The plot is pretty stupid because of introduction of Nazis (in US ?!), secret plans, treason, etc. The whole patriotic hullabaloo, in my opinion, only gets in the way of otherwise interesting idea of a wise guy trying to dodge draft by any means necessary (especially as the movie was released in 1942). It's a pity Ladd got "pigeonholed" by his studio (Paramount) into tough guy, action hero and/or tragic roles. He would have been a winner in an intelligent, dialogue based comedy, or even romantic comedy (dare I say: the caliber of Cary Grant?!). I'm buying this one for my collection of Ladd's movies. :D
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