Errol, threatened with the loss of his job and his wife, promises to lay off the horses, but is persuaded into a purchasing a sweepstakes ticket by a business associate.



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Cast overview:
Suzi Crandall ...
Nancy Baker
Mr. Stoner
Phil Warren ...
Charlie Baker


Leon's co-worker Charlie wants to sell him some sweepstakes tickets. Leon is reluctant, because both his wife and his boss strongly disapprove of gambling. Charlie talks Leon into buying one ticket by offering to put Charlie's name on Leon's ticket. But when the results of the sweepstakes come out, Leon soon finds himself in a complicated predicament. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short





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16 January 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Gets About As Much As It Could Have Out of the Story
9 September 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The story in "Bet Your Life" is too simple to get very much out of it, although this short feature does a reasonable job of stretching it out enough to make it worth seeing without pushing it to the point where it would become annoying. It's hardly among the better of Leon Errol's short features, but it's not that bad, either.

The story starts with Leon buying a sweepstakes ticket, while trying to prevent his wife and boss from finding out about it. Most of what happens from there is pretty predictable, but Errol and the rest of the cast do a decent enough job of making it as entertaining as it could be. There have been modern movies that tried to squeeze a full-length feature out of even flimsier premises, and in comparison this one is reasonably well-made and moderately entertaining.

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