Any Number Can Play (1949)

 |  Drama  |  15 July 1949 (USA)
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Gambling-house owner finds himself estranged from his wife and son.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Totter ...
Alice Elcott
Jim Kurstyn
Ben Gavery Snelerr
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Sarah Calbern
Dr. Palmer
Mickey Knox ...
Pete Senta
Richard Rober ...
Lew 'Angie' Debretti
Frank Sistina


Although Charley Kying has owned a casino for fifteen years, on one rainy night events and people seem to converge and threaten his family home and second home, his gambling house. After a doctor secretly diagnoses him with a severe heart condition and recommends that if he continues to subject himself to the daily stress of a professional gambler, he hasn't long to live. Later that day he's made to realize that he's been neglecting his faithful wife for years and abdicated his duties as father to his son, who resents his father's unsavory reputation and rebuffs his interest in attending that night's prom. Charley's weakling brother-in-law, who sponges off him by freeloading at home and cheating him out of petty cash as croupier, agrees to conspire with rival gamblers to cheat Charley out of thousands. Among the others who add stress to what would seem to be Charley's last night in the casino are a rich former girlfriend who proposes they renew their relationship, an old nemesis who's... Written by

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Release Date:

15 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Faites vos jeux  »

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$1,465,641 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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There were two different (usually uncredited) character actors named William O'Brien - William H. O'Brien and William J. O'Brien - and they both appear in this film (uncredited) as gamblers. See more »


Charley Enley Kyng: Too much tension... it's always coming to bat with the bases loaded.
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It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane
Music by Joseph A. Burke (as Joe Burke)
Lyrics by Edgar Leslie (1937)
Instrumetal played on phoograph
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A Lesson in Life from Clark Gable
23 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable is a casino owner who has tried to give all he can to his wife and son, but maybe all they needed was his time. Alexis Smith and Dwayne Hickman is his wife and son, and the movie is peppered with great supporting actors like Frank Morgan, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor and Marjorie Rambeau. The film begins rather slow, but is rewarding to those who like character studies and get into family dynamics. This seems to be the type of film that doesn't rely so much on active plot but on the way the characters relate to each other, which in some ways, puts it ahead of its time. While others may find fault with the film and I do admit it has its faults, I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated what it was trying to convey, that in life we have to give a second chance not only to others but also to ourselves. A new beginning is always the best perspective. Watch Any Number Can Play and see what you get out of it.

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