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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 »
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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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Film Noir Mini-Masterpiece, 24 March 2003
Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

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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