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Gambling with Souls (1936)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | September 1936 (USA)
Young girls are cheated in rigged gambling games and then forced into prostitution to pay off their debts.

Director:

Elmer Clifton

Writer:

J.D. Kendis (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martha Chapin Martha Chapin ... Mrs. Mae Miller
Wheeler Oakman ... 'Lucky' Wilder
Bryant Washburn ... 'Million Dollar' Taylor
Gay Sheridan Gay Sheridan ... Carolyn
Vera Steadman ... Molly Murdock
Edward Keane ... District Attorney (as Ed. Keane)
Robert Frazer ... Dr. John Miller
Gaston Glass ... Drunk Man in Bar
Florence Dudley ... Jean
Eddie Laughton Eddie Laughton ... Nick
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Storyline

Mae Miller wants the finer things in life, luxuries that she feels her husband, a doctor, cannot provide for her. She begins to gamble in order to ring in spending money for herself, but winds up deep in debt. To pay her dues, she is reduced to the shame of selling herself. Written by Kieran Kenney

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SCARLET GIRLS CHAINED TO THE VULTURES OF VICE (original half-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vice Racket See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dive restaurant where Carolyn goes slumming is the same one that appears in the opening scenes of Marihuana (1936) (it also appears as a saloon in the Bob Steele western The Feud Maker (1938)). The house that Mae and her husband share also appears in Slaves in Bondage (1937) and the vanity set in Mae's bedroom also shows up in Reefer Madness (1936), where it's also owned by a character named Mae. See more »

Goofs

The entire flimsy set shakes as the cop breaks through the door during the raid on Molly Murdock's place. See more »

Quotes

Attorney: There's nothing I can do.
Dr. Miller: [holding his wife's hands in his] Yes, there is! You can give me back my wife!
Attorney: I'm sorry, but that has to be decided by a judge and a jury.
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Edited into Mrs. Harris (2005) See more »

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Rather dull for an exploitation film
24 September 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of many so-called "educational films" of the 1930s that were really sad excuses for sleazy low-budget producers to make films that could slip nudity and banned material past the censor boards. Starting in late 1933 and early 1934, the Hays Production Code was dramatically strengthened to eliminate nudity, extreme violence and decidedly adult far from movies. Believe it or not, before this time, all kinds of taboos were relatively common in films coming from reputable Hollywood studios. However, after the Code was strengthened, perverts and the curious went looking for seedy material and found it in educational films that were really just excuses to show boobs and talk about sex and drugs. As educational material, some states DID allow these films to be seen, though I seriously doubt that parents went to them to learn how to better raise their children!

The main theme of GAMBLING WITH SOULS is forced prostitution. It seems that a local gambling den is actually a front where nice young ladies are hooked on gambling and then forced to become hookers to pay off their debt. The story begins with a police raid and seeing a blonde shooting one of the leaders of this hole. The rest of the film is her account to the police of what led her to this murder and how she lost everything due to gambling.

The film is very obvious and trite--with only passable acting and a script that, at times, is very silly. Certainly NOT a great film but oddly watchable if you are a bit of a voyeur and like bad films. Otherwise, beware.


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