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Release Date:
1 December 1942 (USA) See more »
Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler. | Add synopsis »
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Programmer merely passes the time...trite script, poor performances... See more (3 total) »


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James Craig ... Frank 'Blackie' Marshall
William Lundigan ... James Kevin Gardiner
Patricia Dane ... Jean Avery

John Carradine ... Martin Caswell

Jack Holt ... Duncan Frazier

Keenan Wynn ... 'Slip' O'Mara

Grant Withers ... Fowler

Darryl Hickman ... 'Blackie' - as a Boy
Drew Roddy ... Jim - as a Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Alberni ... Jacques (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Warren - Mountie Who Finds Fowler's Body (uncredited)
Michael Browne ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
John Butler ... Second Poker Dealer (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Mac McKenzie - Ship's Mate (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mark Daniels ... Faro Dealer (uncredited)

Jim Davis ... Mountie with Warrant (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Miner (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Worker Smashing Wheel (uncredited)
Alexander Granach ... Pierre - Man in Casino (uncredited)
Karl Hackett ... Gambler (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Gambler (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

LeRoy Mason ... Croupier (uncredited)
Kay Medford ... Girl in Casino (uncredited)
Pascale Perry ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Gambler (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... First Poker Dealer (uncredited)
Francis Walker ... Barfly (uncredited)

Robert Winkler ... Boy Carrying Bags (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joe Newman)
Writing credits
Gordon Kahn (screenplay) and
David Lang (screenplay)

Arthur Caesar (from a story by)

Produced by
Samuel Marx .... producer
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof (musical score)
David Snell (musical score)
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Lon Anthony (costumes: men)
Howard Shoup (gowns) (as Shoup)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Glen Barner .... associate set decorator
Leonid Vasian .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Francis Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8702)

Did You Know?

An ending similar to Manhattan Melodrama (1934) (the film on which this movie was based) was written and filmed, but was discarded before the first press preview. It consisted of trial and execution sequences, and casting lists had actors with their character names as follows: George M. Carleton (Bailiff), Howard C. Hickman (Judge), Emmett Vogan (Jury Foreman), James Millican (Warden), Russell Hicks (High Commissioner), William Tannen (Guard), Roy Barcroft (Guard), Herbert Heyes (Guard), Patrick McVey (Guard), Leigh Sterling (Guard), Hooper Atchley (Juror), Howard M. Mitchell (Juror), Dick Rush (Juror) and Murdock MacQuarrie (Juror).See more »
'Slip' O'Mara:[Slip shows the gamblers their roulette wheel has been rigged] Caswell's been pickin' you all as cleaner than an Armenian can pick a fried hen!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Manhattan Melodrama (1934)See more »
Oh! SusannaSee more »


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Programmer merely passes the time...trite script, poor performances..., 11 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Trivia note: Darryl Hickman turning into James Craig as an adult??? I don't think so.

JAMES CRAIG and WILLIAM LUNDIGAN co-star as two orphans who are reunited years later when Lundigan is a Mountie and Craig is a big gambler who started his gambling career in JOHN CARRADINE's gambling joint as a kid. PATRICIA DANE is a self-confident singer from Frisco who catches the eye of Craig when she makes the mistake of applying for a job from Carradine. KEENAN WYNN has a supporting role as Carradine's sidekick.

Strictly a third-rate B-picture from MGM, reminiscent of many another programmer about a woman who comes between two friends. Production values are on the low-budget or modest side. PATRICIA DANE is stiff and unconvincing as the girl both brothers love.

Lundigan looks good in his Mountie uniform but both he and Craig are on the bland side as far as screen charisma is concerned. Craig's role as "Blackie Morton" seems like a poor imitation of Gable's "Blackie Norton" role in SAN FRANCISCO.

The plot hinges on Carradine losing his gambling place and then gambling Craig to win it back. A showdown of a fight between Craig and GRANT WITHERS over a gambling debt, at a mine, has Withers falling to his death down a mine shaft. When Lundigan announces he's going to marry Dane, the rest of the plot has to do with how Craig's murderous ways will be discovered, including the truth about the mine shaft murder, and how the love interest will be resolved.

Of course, good wins over evil. When the chips are down, it's up to Lundigan to play the hero and solve the problem his way in the tradition of the Mounties "always getting their man".

Sorry to say that handsome JAMES CRAIG is totally unconvincing as the black-hearted gambler in this poorly directed and scripted programmer and Lundigan's role is so underwritten he can do little with it.

It merely passes the time quickly with a short running time.

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