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Paulette Goddard carries film.

8/10
Author: guil fisher from New York City, NY
13 November 1999

Paramount put Paulette Goddard in this comedy-adventure playing a compulsive gambler on the run for being in debt to gambler Fred Clark. She manages to escape his willingly open arms, only to be pursued by a private eye (MacDonald Carey) across the country This was not the typical Paramount stuff that comedies were made of. Even though it was directed by George Marshall, an ace at this sort of fare. It had a weak script and MacDonald Carey, although a good actor, didn't have the charisma or box-office following of a Cooper, Milland or MacMurray, Paulette's past leading men. So, it was up to Goddard to carry the film. It was made in 1948 and she was till on top. The film went on to have a semi-successful run.

This is not on video and rarely seen on TV.

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Ellen Crane screws one guy after another in this film

3/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
30 January 2016

Paulette Goddard plays a very despicable woman in this film. Ellen Crane clearly has a MAJOR gambling addiction but it isn't just that she cannot stop gambling but she also continually runs out of her gambling debts. When the film begins, she bets a rich guy and loses--and she had agreed to marry him if she lost. But, being a bad egg, she just sneaks away and leaves the guy flat. Then, a guy who is trying to help someone collect on her bad debt loses her because she once again sneaks off instead of facing up to her gambling losses. Because of everything I'd seen in the first portion of the film, I had a hard time continuing with it to the end. After all, it's hard to care one bit about such a selfish and nasty 'lady'. So is it worth hanging on in this one or would I have been better to have just cut my losses and ended the ordeal?

In hindsight, I should have just cut my losses. The scenes between Macdonald Carey and Goddard were pretty tiresome and the idea got very old very quickly. I didn't like her at all and often didn't understand him. A poorly written film that just didn't improve.

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Gambling on love always comes up with snake eyes.

5/10
Author: mark.waltz from United States
10 August 2015

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Paulette Goddard always seems to be getting into trouble with the wrong man, and here, unable to pay a gambling debt, she is forced to become engaged to gambling house boss Fred Clark. Making a quick escape, she finds a private detective (MacDonald Carey) on her trail, hired by Clark to bring her back. This throw-back to screwball comedies of the mid 1930's isn't nearly as funny, starting off rather dark (almost a film noir) with Goddard involved in a rather repulsive situation with an extremely repulsive man (Clark). There are some excellent character performances, particularly by Percey Helton as a rather strange cookie whom Goddard tries to get to buy cigarettes for her, finding out that he would have no idea of how to try to deal with such a transaction. Carey and Goddard end up on the run where Goddard encounters a cow (and thinks its a bear) which ultimately leads to her turning to him for protection, bringing on predictable romance.

Of course, romance doesn't happen so quickly with her keeping on trying to get away and obviously denying her own growing feelings. Goddard, a truly capable comedienne, is too smart to play such a daffy, often dumb character who keeps taking risky chances and always looses. She had already played this type of character (a much smarter one) opposite Fred MacMurray in "The Forest Rangers" where at least she had chemistry with the leading man. The film keeps changing moods, at one point having Goddard almost burnt to death when she crashes a car after trying to escape from Carey. There is a very funny sequence where Goddard gets into a cat fight after being jailed following a gambling raid. One of Fred Clark's first films, he establishes himself as a character actor in mostly snarky parts, but was at his best when these roles involved more comedy. If it wasn't for the charm Goddard displays in spite of her character faults, this film would be definitely marked at a much lower rating.

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