Danger: Season 2, Episode 39

The System (10 Jun. 1952)

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A garage mechanic, desperate for money, tries his luck at a shabby, gangster-owned gambling den with what he thinks is a sure formula for predicting dice throws.

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Salem Ludwig ...
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A garage mechanic, desperate for money, tries his luck at a shabby, gangster-owned gambling den with what he thinks is a sure formula for predicting dice throws.

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One more Sidney Lumet's nugget

Eli Wallach is terrific here as this ordinary man glued in the game trap. A man in which most of us could see themselves. He shows here a real gift as an actor, in his early days of career. What a performance. A delightful drama, that should have given a tremendous movie for the big screen. Nearly a film noir, if it was not the short length. The copy I watched was very good quality. I know there has already been hundreds of stories about game addiction: horses, cards or numbers. More than a disease, a plague. The depth in character description is always powerful, poignant and leaves you a ashy taste in the mouth. It doesn't persuade you to play games, go to the casino. Lost hopes, dreams which can never be true, fates torn to pieces... This story makes no exception. Except maybe the very last scene...


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