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The Game That Kills (1937)

Tom Ferguson, star left wing of the Indians hockey team, is killed during a game in an "accident" with Dick Adams and Bill Drake, two of his own teammates. His brother, Alec Ferguson, is ... See full summary »

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Grace Neville (screenplay), Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Quigley ... Alex Ferguson
Rita Hayworth ... Betty Holland
John Gallaudet ... Sam Erskine
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Joe Holland
Arthur Loft ... Rudy Maxwell
John Tyrrell ... Eddie
Paul Fix ... Dick Adams
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Bill Drake
Dick Wessel ... 'Leapfrog' Soule
Maurice Black ... Jeff
Clyde Dilson Clyde Dilson ... Steven Morean
Harry Strang ... Walter
Dick Curtis ... Whitey
Lee Prather Lee Prather ... Bronson
Jack Dougherty ... Policeman
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Storyline

Tom Ferguson, star left wing of the Indians hockey team, is killed during a game in an "accident" with Dick Adams and Bill Drake, two of his own teammates. His brother, Alec Ferguson, is not convinced it was and accident, and goes to New York to uncover the truth. Posing as a fellow townsman named Steve Moreau who is unable to accept an offer to play with the Indians because of an injury, Alec wins a place with the team. He learns that the team, a member of a nation-wide professional league, has been throwing games on the orders of a gambling ring. He meets Betty Holland, the pretty daughter of team coach Joe Holland and falls in love with her. He plays along with Adams and Drake and learns that the owner, Rudy Maxwell, is the head of the gambling ring and has Coach Holland under control because of bad checks written to pay off gambling losses. Reporter Sam Erskine suspecting that the games are being thrown and talks Betty into accepting a job on the Chronicle to find out what she can... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

THRILL-THUNDERING DRAMA! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogo que Mata See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, although this one is not a Western, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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Ice OK
17 January 2013 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Very short movie,which might interest Rita Hayworth's fans ,although do not expect the sex symbol of "Gilda";she is cast as a nice pretty wise girl,the coach' s daughter ,an occasional journalist in love with the new member of the hockey team;the plot deals with the (accidental?)death of a loyal player :his brother ,in order to investigate ,joins the team under a French pseudo "Moreau";the plot features blackmail ,rigged games,hostage-taking ,business as usual ;but the games are well filmed and the screenplay well constructed .One may think that the final verdict is a little hard on the alcoholic player ,who is not really evil,victim of his vice (or is it because of remorse he went to the booze?)


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