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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 »
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Yet another fine episode., 28 August 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Luckiest Guy in the World" is one of a series entitled "Crime Does Not Pay"--and every one I've seen has been enjoyable and well made. This particular one stars Barry Nelson who gets shot by accident when the film begins! He begins thinking back about his life and you see that Nelson was an inveterate gambler--a man in deep with his bookie. So deep that he ends up gambling with his company's funds and ends up destroying his life. How exactly this happens, I'll leave for you to find out--but it is pretty dandy little film where there are many interesting plot elements is a pretty cool twist--improbable to say the least, but still pretty cool. Like the other films I've seen, well worth your time and with very nice production values for a B-movie.

By the way, this was included on the DVD for "Ziegfeld Follies". This isn't surprising, as the audio for Red Skelton's skit about gin that you hear on the car radio is from a skit used in the film. Also, Nelson's boss is played by Milton Kibbee--the brother of familiar character actor, Guy Kibbee.

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