Peter owns a small but upscale café on the road between Reno and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. He is a heavy gambler and his marriage is rocky. Into is life come a waitress named Sally.

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Peter Donay
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Delilah Donay
Felix Bressart ...
Johnny
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Sally Murfin
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Freddie Bilson
Curt Bois ...
Brillon
Elisabeth Risdon ...
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Arthur Walsh ...
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Peter owns a small but upscale café on the road between Reno and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. He is a heavy gambler and his marriage is rocky. Into is life come a waitress named Sally.

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5 December 1944 (USA)  »

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Gloria Grahame's first film. See more »

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Freddie Bilson: Mr. Donay, you're a stinker.
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
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Harmless but dated
22 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I made it a point to watch this film because I read that it was Gloria Grahame's first film and I am a huge Grahame fan. Like most people I am most familiar with her work in the noir genre. I had assumed that "It's a Wonderful Life "was her first film, since that is where she actually garnered her first public attention, but clearly I was wrong. At any rate it wasn't bad for a first effort from her.

Mary Astor is good as the long suffering wife of a philandering husband with a gambling problem as well. Astor always rose above whatever material she was given and here is no exception. This film is lightweight wartime fluff. I would think that most people forgot about it the minute they left the theater.

Marshall Thompson, who is also making his film debut is appropriately goofy and yet charming as the boyfriend competing for the wandering attentions of Ms. Grahame's Sally.

Phillip Dorn is not an actor I'm that familiar with, but he's okay here as the husband , Mr.Donay, with the wandering eye (and lips, hands, etc.).

This is no masterpiece of fine film craftsmanship, but it is harmless if dated, as most women today wouldn't put up with Mr.Donay's nonsense and Ms. Grahame's character would have been looking for another job.

One other thing. People always talk about what a superior studio MGM was, but realistically they put out as much junk as the others. The difference was that they spent a ton of money on their huge musicals and big star vehicles, but their "B" pictures were as crappy as everybody else's.


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