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Release Date:
25 January 1947 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Barry Nelson ... Charles Verne
Eloise Hardt ... Martha Verne
George Travell ... John, the hired driver
Milton Kibbee ... Mr. Ashland, Charles' Boss
Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Mossley, Charles' Landlord
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Casey - the Bartender (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Match Borrower (uncredited)

Red Skelton ... Himself - Comedian on Radio (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Policeman Thompson (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph M. Newman  (as Joseph Newman)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doane R. Hoag  (as Doane Hoag)
Emile C. Tepperman  story

Produced by
Jerry Bresler .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Terr 
Cinematography by
Charles Salerno Jr. 
Film Editing by
Chester W. Schaeffer  (as Chester Schaeffer)
Art Direction by
Harry McAfee 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay #48: The Luckiest Guy in the World" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
shame it didn't win, 22 March 2003
Author: movie_punk from united states

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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