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Lucky Nick Cain (1951)

I'll Get You for This (original title)
American gambler Nick Cain arrives at the Mediterranean town of San Paola, and befriends an orphan Italian shoe-shine boy named Toni. He is puzzled by the reception and welcome he receives ... See full summary »



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Nick Cain
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American gambler Nick Cain arrives at the Mediterranean town of San Paola, and befriends an orphan Italian shoe-shine boy named Toni. He is puzzled by the reception and welcome he receives from the management of the casino until he finds he has been framed on a charge of murdering a U.S. Treasury Agent. He escapes with Kay Wonderly and they flee to a deserted village where he leaves Kay to hide out. Nick gets aid from a mysterious character named Massine, whom he suspects of trying to collect the reward offered on his capture. Nick discovers that the men responsible for the agent's death are members of an international counterfeiting ring, using the casino to pass the bogus money. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

3 March 1951 (USA)  »

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Lucky Nick Cain  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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British actor Peter Bull often recalled this film as one of his favorite engagements, as he spent six weeks in Italy and had only one line of dialogue to remember. He claimed he spent most of his time sunning himself on local beaches and fending off the advances of an Hungarian adventuress who wanted to become his mistress. See more »


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This Movie Does George Raft No Favours!!!
24 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

James Hadley Chase was a British writer who surrounded himself with American maps, reference books and dictionaries of popular slang before he sat down to write American style pulp fiction. With titles like "You Find Him, I'll Fix Him", "You're Lonely When You're Dead" and "Lady, Here's Your Wreath" and always with lurid covers, he managed to fool most of the paperback buying public into thinking he was a Yank!!! But with expressions like "jolly good" and "let's go to the cinema" some readers may have been scratching their heads. By 1950 George Raft had lost a lot of his popularity because of a series of less than prestigious films. Movies like this one didn't help, although it probably looked good on the drawing board.

It started off great - professional gambler "Lucky" Nick Cain (Raft) has the red carpet rolled out for him when he visits Sao Paolo - and he's suspicious!!! When he sits down to play baccarat his notoriety brings patrons to his table, including Kay (Coleen Gray) who quickly finds herself in debt to the casino. As a way of repaying them, they suggest Kay be "nice" to Nick in order to keep him at the casino. Back at his apartment, Nick is drugged and awakes to find himself accused of murdering a U.S. Treasury Agent (who had desperately tried to see him earlier in the evening). So begins a cat and mouse adventure involving counterfeit plates from the Third Reich. Colour would have enhanced the beautiful Italian countryside but considering the action was mostly set in the early evening and at night, there was not a lot to see. All in all a very dreary, run of the mill movie.

One actress I thought I might see more of was Greta Gynt, probably Britain's first sex symbol (even though she was Norwegian), but unfortunately she had one scene which took place in a darkened room!! George Raft bought class and professionalism to a role he could have performed in his sleep. Coleen Gray was always good - she is remembered as the carnival girl in "Nightmare Alley" and Sterling Hayden's decent girlfriend in "The Killing". Peter Bull had a small scene as Hans. He was usually the villain and was Britain's answer to Sidney Greenstreet. The brightest scene is at the beginning of the movie and one that made the movie look more promising than it really was. It involved Enzo Staiola, the little boy from "The Bicycle Thieves" - he played Toni, a little street urchin and someone who proves invaluable to Nick during the movie.

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