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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 »


(as Joseph Newman)


(as Doane Hoag), (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Verne
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John, the hired driver
Milton Kibbee ...
Mr. Ashland, Charles' Boss
Mr. Mossley, Charles' Landlord


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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Short | Crime | Drama






Release Date:

25 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Film Noir Mini-Masterpiece
24 March 2003 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Director Joseph Newman's "The Luckiest Guy in the World" is, quite simply, a too-long neglected masterpiece of film noir. Like a previous poster, I, too, saw this recently on Turner Classic Movies and it grabbed me right from the beginning, a compelling story of an "average Joe" whose life spirals out of control when he desperately needs money to pay off gambling debts.

Baby-faced Barry Nelson, one of the screen's best portrayers of Mr. Nice Guy types, turns in a solid performance of a man caught in an inescapable trap of his own making. Also excellent, in the only other roles of any size, are Eloise Hardt as his long-suffering wife and Henry Cheshire as his sympathetic, unsuspecting boss. Max Terr's taut musical score is a plus, too.

Almost all the entries in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series were good little crime dramas. Like many live-action shorts of the period, they served as a valuable training ground for promising writing, acting, and directing talents that the studio was trying to develop. "The Luckiest Guy in the World" is, far and away, the best, an outstanding short and a lost classic of film noir.

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