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You Can't Buy Luck (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 April 1937 (USA)
Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger ... See full summary »

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Martin Mooney (screen play), Arthur T. Horman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Onslow Stevens ... Joe Baldwin
Helen Mack ... Betty McKay
Vinton Hayworth ... Paul Vinette
Maxine Jennings ... Jean Jason
Paul Guilfoyle ... Frank Bent
Frank M. Thomas ... Police Lt. Bond
Richard Lane ... Detective Mac McGrath
Murray Alper ... Chauffeur Spike Connors
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Agnes White
Dudley Clements Dudley Clements ... Ben
George Irving ... Doug White
Barbara Pepper ... Store Clerk
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Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger Jean Jason, about whom he has no illusions, and in order to get rid of her he finances her European vacation, and with her, unknown to Baldwin, goes full-time gigolo/part time artist Paul Vinette. Before a big race Baldwin is at an orphanage near the track and expresses his wishes for rain on the following day as his horse, "Sarcasm", runs best on a muddy track. The orphans resent his wish as it is also to be the day of their annual big outing, as does the orphanage assistant, Betty McKay, who chides Baldwin for his selfish viewpoint. It does rain but "Sarcasm" loses anyway, and Baldwin decides it was because the orphans were pulling against him. He arranges a big party for the kids and he and Betty fall in love. When Jean returns from Europe, she demands $50,000 to fade out of the picture. He tells ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE GAVE AWAY MILLIONS...But his 'luck insurance' failed to work when he tried it on a certain girl. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borrowed Time See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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moidah in the big city.... can they prove who dunnit ?
3 October 2016 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Hedda Hopper is the only big name name I recognize in this short version film from RKO. Joe Baldwin (Onslow Stevens) races horses, and is rather superstitious. His girl is Jean Jason (Maxine Jennings), and she wants to secretly toot off to europe with her "friend" Paul (Vinton Hayworth). Lots of intrigue, murder, mayhem. some story elements in here, about adopting, and helping out an orphanage home. Baldwin gets blamed for a killing, but did he really do it? We watch the courtroom drama, while his new girl runs around and tries to find the truth. Hedda Hopper has only a small role in this one. Too bad. Not a very exciting tale, but its not bad. Helen Mack is in here as "Betty". She worked with some of the greats of Hollywood. Check out her story on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Mack . Directed by Lew Landers, who had popped onto the scene in the early 1930s. Shown on TCM now & then, this one kind of has a murder noir feeling.


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