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Bonita Friml
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Willie Brodax
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Harold Benson
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Milt Hawkins
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Otto
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Mr. Wing
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Woman Bettor
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Art
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Morley
George Dickerson ...
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Tom Pletts ...
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Miss Nina
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Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose with him. Bonita and Willie meet and fall for each other and plot to do away with Harold and collect on his life insurance. Written by Dan Larsen <djlarse_acs>

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America's favorite tootsie is on a roll.

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Director Don Siegel had so many clashes, arguments and fights with Bette Midler on this film that after it was finished, he was quoted as saying, "I'd let my wife, children and animals starve before I'd subject myself to something like that again". See more »

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Willie Brodax: Actually Ma'am, you DO need a vacuum cleaner, but I ain't selling any.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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No Jinx
Music and lyrics by Bruce Roberts, Allee Willis and Brock Walsh
Performed by Bette Midler
Produced by Bruce Roberts
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Silly and Boring
6 September 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Harold Benson (Rip Torn) is a professional gambler, who always wins the bets against the blackjack dealer Willie Brodax (Ken Wahl). Harold has a jinx on Willie and ca not lose with him. The bad lucky of Willie is getting famous in Reno, and he is fired of all casinos after losing for Harold. The singer Bonita Friml (Bette Midler) is the abused girlfriend of Harold, who has an affair with Willie and plots to kill Harold simulating an accident with the trailer where they live, to get his life insurance. Ten years ago, I bought this VHS in a sale offer based on the name of Don Siegel, but I was not able to finish watching this movie, since I found it boring. Yesterday I decided to see it until the 'The End' and now I can say that it is really silly and boring. The story is an unsuccessful dark comedy, with very few funny parts. It is very hard to believe that a handsome man, like Ken Wahl, could fall in love for the character of Bette Midler. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): 'Jogando Com a Vida' ('Gambling With the Life')


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