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Don't Gamble with Strangers (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 22 June 1946 (USA)
Two card sharks, pretending to be brother and sister, clean out a small-town banker, then take over a crooked gambling joint.

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Mike Samo
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Fay Benton
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Bob Randall
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Ruth Hamilfon
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Warren Creighton
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John Randall
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Pinky Luiz (as Tony Caruso)
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Morelli (as Phil Van Zandt)
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John Sanders
Leonard Mudie ...
Robert Elliot
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Harry Amold
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Michael Larson
Mary Field ...
Mrs. Arnold
Edith Evanson ...
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Two card sharks, pretending to be brother and sister, clean out a small-town banker, then take over a crooked gambling joint.

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Finório do Pano Verde  »

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Card shark and sociopath Kane Richmond uses everyone around him
3 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Don't Gamble with Strangers" is a splendid b-noir produced by Monogram. Have no doubt, this is a film noir. The main characters are card sharps. They are Kane Richmond and Bernadene Hayes. Cops and upright heroes are nowhere to be seen for most of the story. Richmond, who looks smooth, friendly and well-dressed turns out to be an amoral untrustworthy skunk or sociopath who will use anyone and everyone. This includes his victims, his partner, his brother, and a rich girl he woos. The general subject matter of the story is the cheating of people out of their money who have a taste for gambling. The ending is not upbeat. Great noir stuff.

Certain sequences are very well handled by director Beaudine. In the card games and the dice game, we can see exactly what's going on and where the cheating comes in. Philip van Zandt owns an illegal gambling club and he pulls an interesting ruse. Anthony Caruso has a small role as an employee of his.

Re-released by Warner Brothers Archive, the film looks quite good in black and white. It does not have lots of noir photography, but a fluid camera, solid staging and direction make up for that. Beaudine keeps the story moving.

Toward the end, in the blink of an eye the story becomes a mystery that's also resolved quite quickly.


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