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The Luckiest Guy in the World (1947)

Approved  |   |  Short, Crime, Drama  |  25 January 1947 (USA)
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This short is in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Charlie Vurn is always looking for the 'big score.' He bets on the horses and owes his bookie. At work, he 'borrows' from his accounts. ... See full summary »

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Martha Verne
George Travell ...
John, the hired driver
Milton Kibbee ...
Mr. Ashland, Charles' Boss
Harry Cheshire ...
Mr. Mossley, Charles' Landlord
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This short is in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Charlie Vurn is always looking for the 'big score.' He bets on the horses and owes his bookie. At work, he 'borrows' from his accounts. After a terrible accident, he comes into a large sum of money and thinks he has it made...or does he? Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Crime Does Not Pay #48: The Luckiest Guy in the World  »

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Released over a year after its predecessor, 'Purity Squad' (1945), this was the final episode in the long and successful Crime Does Not Pay 2-reel series. See more »

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shame it didn't win
22 March 2003 | by (united states) – See all my reviews

I just watched this excellent short earlier today on the turner classic movie channel as part of their 31 days of the Oscars. The Luckiest Man In The World was nominated for the Oscar of Best Short Subject, Two-reel Jerry Bresler in 1947. I'm not sure of what the other nominees were, but it is a shame it did not win the award. This short perfectly illustrates just how one's obsessing for the unreachable can easily dwindle into a downward spiral of unstoppable events eventually driving the person over the edge in an ironic twist of fate/pay back. Also, it has great characterization which enables the viewer to quickly sympathize the main character. This film has excellent pacing, not at all rushed or slow at any point. The short is simple, but gets its point across with utmost ease and beauty. If you happen to stumble across this one, count your lucky stars!


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