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Don't Bet on Love (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 1 July 1933 (USA)
Bill McCaffery, a plumber, wins big at the racetrack but then his luck runs out and almost ruins his business. Molly Gilbert, his manicurist girlfriend, stands by him and helps him readjust to life as a plumber.

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Murray Roth

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Howard Emmett Rogers (screenplay) (as Howard E. Rogers), Murray Roth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Bill McCaffery
Ginger Rogers ... Molly Gilbert
Charley Grapewin ... Pop McCaffery
Shirley Grey ... Goldie Williams
Tom Dugan ... Scotty
Merna Kennedy ... Ruby 'Babe' Norton
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Gilbert
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Edward Shelton
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Bill McCaffery, a plumber, wins big at the racetrack but then his luck runs out and almost ruins his business. Molly Gilbert, his manicurist girlfriend, stands by him and helps him readjust to life as a plumber.

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plumber | racetrack | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Money See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The script is a disappointment.
26 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In this film, Bill (Lew Ayres) is a guy who's tough to love...yet inexplicably Molly (Ginger Rogers) is in love with the jerk. Despite having a serious gambling addiction, he promises to reform and they plan on getting married after he makes a big killing at the track. Not surprisingly, his promise meant nothing and she learns that his choice of honeymoon spots is a place known for horse racing! So, she calls off the wedding...and Bill plunges even deeper into gambling.

Although you'd expect to see Bill heavily in debt and miserable, the guy somehow manages to keep winning...and winning big. Despite this, Molly will have nothing to do with him because she isn't stupid. In the meantime, Bill lives high on the hog and has women...and seems okay without Molly. Naturally, his luck can't hold out forever...or can it?!

The problem with this movie for me is that Bill is a terrible person...and it's hard to care about him or his addiction. He's far from the heroic type...and it's an odd sort of amoral role for Lew Ayres. Also, the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. Overall, some good actors with a second-rate script and nothing more.


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