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Lucky Losers (1950)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  14 May 1950 (USA)
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To solve the death of a friend, the boys go to gambling school, then go undercover as croupiers in an illegal gambling house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Horace Debussy 'Sach' / 'Sacramento' Jones
Hillary Brooke ...
'Countess' Margo
Gabriel Dell ...
Bruce McDermott
Bernard Gorcey ...
Louie, aka Arizona Louie
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as William Benedict)
Johnny Angelo (as Joseph Turkel)
Harry Tyler ...
Wellington Jefferson 'Buffer' McGee
Buddy Gorman ...
David Gorcey ...
Harry Cheshire ...
John W. 'Chick' Martin
Frank Jenks ...
Douglas Evans ...
Tom Whitney
Wendy Waldron ...
Carol Thurstinn


Slip Mahoney and Sach are working as runners for a New York brokerage firm owned by David J. Thurston. His daughter,Carol Thurston, is romantically involved with Gabe Moreno, a crusading television producer. David Thurston is found dead and the coroner's ruling is suicide. Slip isn't buying that, snoops around Thurston's office, and discovers a matchbox and pair of dice carrying the insignia, "The High Hat Club." Slip engages a spiel artist,Wellington J. "Buffer" McGee, to teach him, Sach and their friends, Butch, Chuck , and Whitey how to beat all games of chance. Slip, posing as "Slippery" Mahoney, and Sach as Sacramento Sach obtain jobs at the dice table of "The High Hat Club,", operated by Bruce McDermott and "Countess" Margo, and they bring in their friends to operate the card tables. Moreno, aided by information supplied by Mahoney, launches a campaign against McDermott, and has City Councilman John Martin aid him in his fight. Slip discovers a canceled check for $120,000, ... Written by Les Adams <>

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THE WILDEST JOKERS OF THE GAMBLING GAME! (original ad - all caps) See more »






Release Date:

14 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

High Stakes  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »


Terence Aloysius 'Slip': I'm going to powder my nose.
Horace Debussy 'Sach': Your nose ain't shiney.
Terence Aloysius 'Slip': Your head's going to be shiney if you don't shut up!
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Followed by Let's Go Navy! (1951) See more »

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27 September 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"Lucky Losers" is too straight-forward to be a memorable Bowery Boys picture, though it does contain a good supporting cast. It's just not wacky enough and it lacks memorable set pieces. The scenes with Louis posing as a rich gambling fool, for example, fall flat. Still, it manages to be quite amusing and the Gorcey-Hall chemistry is as incomparable as ever.

Hillary Brooke is one of the glories of B cinema (although, regrettably, she doesn't have much to do here). Dick Elliott, who plays the drunken conventioneer, would turn up as Mike Clancy in a couple entries at the tail end of the series.

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