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Lucky Losers (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 14 May 1950 (USA)
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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Horace Debussy 'Sach' / 'Sacramento' Jones
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'Countess' Margo
Gabriel Dell ...
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Bruce McDermott
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Louie, aka Arizona Louie
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Whitey (as William Benedict)
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Johnny Angelo (as Joseph Turkel)
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Harry Cheshire ...
John W. 'Chick' Martin
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Douglas Evans ...
Tom Whitney
Wendy Waldron ...
Carol Thurstinn
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY'RE BETTING MILLIONS...BUT THEY HAVEN'T GOT A DIME! The boys are dizzier than a crooked roulette wheel...as they put the skids on the gambling racket! See more »


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The 18th of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »

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After Stone's death, all the spinning newspapers banners are printed with "Vol. XLIX, No. 1", even though days pass after the death and investigation. The number would have incremented each day. See more »

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Horace Debussy 'Sach': I lost my button.
Terence Aloysius 'Slip': You lost your buttons a long time ago!
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Some neat card and dice tricks highlight this nice Bowery Boys entry.
23 July 2000 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

The gambling blood in me really appreciated the gambling scenes in this movie, as Harry Tyler, a gambling expert, teaches the boys the art of cheating in cards and dice. We are treated to some fancy legerdemain actually done by producer Jan Grippo in a hand cameo - what a checkered life he must have led! All five boys (Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey, William Benedict and Buddy Gorman) go undercover as workers in a gambling casino to try to unravel the details of Selmer Jackson's apparent suicide. It's all a lot of fun. I enjoyed the scene where Benedict purposely deals two losing unbilled dowagers blackjacks after urging them to bet the rest of their money. (The writers must have seen Casablanca.)

Our forgetful writers department: Selmer Jackson's character name is apparently "David J. Thurston," since it is engraved in the stone facing of his building. But when he signs a letter, it is "David J. Thurstinn."


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