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Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow. Written by
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Pleasant saga of honest gambler and eccentric family entanglement
This is a pleasant drama with Power playing an unusual man of honor, a gambler who desires to open a gambling casino in New Orleans that will be strictly honest. He becomes involved with a local family, the Dureaus, the patriarch of which is a noble and honest gentlemen who is plagued with two headstrong children. Piper Laurie plays the spoiled daughter who is in love with Power but won't admit it. John Baer plays the nasty brother who is a compulsive gambler and a coward to boot. Baer is quite a handsome young actor - one wonders what became of him. There are duels, double crosses, runs on banks, you name it. It amounts to very little but is certainly consistently entertaining. John McIntyre does well as Power's crusty sidekick. The film earned a single Oscar nom - for Sound - although there was nothing special about this category achievement. It deserved but did not get noms for Art Direction, Costume Design and Score. By the way, watch for Gwen Verdon, doused in Lena Horne's "light Egyptian" make-up in a solo voodoo dance. All in all, pleasant but don't go out of your way.
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