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His Greatest Gamble (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 10 August 1934 (USA)
A man escapes from jail in France to free his daughter from her mother's hold.

Director:

John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Harry Hervey (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Phillip Eben
Dorothy Wilson ... Alice Stebbins
Bruce Cabot ... Stephen
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Florence Stebbins
Leonard Carey ... Alfred
Shirley Grey ... Bernice Solon
Edith Fellows ... Alice - as a Child
Eily Malyon ... Jenny
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A man escapes from jail in France to free his daughter from her mother's hold.

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Taglines:

A Man Gambles With Life Itself For the Sake of His Child.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Man See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Hollywood Reporter production charts include Barbara Kent in the cast, but she was not seen in the movie. See more »

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Opening credits are shown over a background of the French coastline. See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major Opus 9
(1830-1) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano offscreen
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Pretty good, with some credibility stretches
29 September 2016 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

A father-love story shaped like a mother-love story, with irresponsible but charming Richard Dix going through some plot implausibilities that would have tried Madelon Claudet or Madame X. As dad to the charming, unaffected Edith Fellows, he accidentally murders an unsympathetic old flame (implausibility #1), is sentenced to 15 years in French prison, easily escapes and travels to America (implausibility #2) and poses as his own brother (implausibility #3) to catch up with his daughter, who's now miserable, doesn't remember him at all (implausibility #4), and has been cowed by her awful mom into being a non-walking invalid (implausibility #5), all the while loving impoverished newspaperman Bruce Cabot. Dix sets everything aright, in ways that are similarly truth-stretching but do carry some emotional resonance, and Erin O-Brien Moore, a major stage star who didn't register a lot on film, is good as the uptight bitch he once married (implausibility #6). Dix is fine, and if the story doesn't make much sense, it's watchable and affecting. Nicely shot, too.


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