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Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

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Jerome K. Arbutny
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Crystal Shackleford
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Johnny West
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Icey Crane
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Bertram Fallon
Marjorie Riordan ...
Janet Elliott
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Prosecutor
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Lady Rhea Belladon
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Junior Clerk
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Timothy Delaney aka Gabby
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David Shackleford
Clifford Brooke ...
Senior Clerk
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Mrs. Proctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ...
Mr. Giesing (uncredited)
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Man on the Street (uncredited)
Benny Burt ...
Drunken Stranger (uncredited)
John Burton ...
Narrator (uncredited)
Woody Chambliss ...
Man in Pub (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ...
Pub Patron (uncredited)
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Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
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Stockbroker (uncredited) (voice)
Leslie Denison ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Man in Pub (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Magistrate (uncredited)
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Sir Robert (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ...
Donald Fry (uncredited)
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Police Inspector in Pub (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ...
Prison Turnkey (uncredited)
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Man on the Street / Man in Pub (uncredited)
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Alfred - Innkeeper / Bartender (uncredited)
Connie Leon ...
Flower Woman (uncredited)
Stanley Logan ...
'Major' George Alfred Beach (uncredited)
Stanley Mann ...
Newshawker (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)
Tom Pilkington ...
Man in Pub (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ...
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Newshawker (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
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Gillkie the Barrister (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean Negulesco

Written by

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John Huston ... (original screenplay) and
Howard Koch ... (original screenplay)

Produced by

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Wolfgang Reinhardt ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Music by

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Adolph Deutsch

Cinematography by

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Arthur Edeson

Film Editing by

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George Amy

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Ted Smith
Max Parker ... supervising art director (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Clarence Steensen

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James McMahon ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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C.A. Riggs ... sound
Gerald W. Alexander ... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne ... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Edwin B. DuPar ... special effects (as Edwin DuPar)

Visual Effects by

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Paul Detlefsen ... matte paintings (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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George Gordon Nogle ... second camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Milo Anderson ... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Murray Cutter ... orchestrator
Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Charles David Forrest ... music mixer (uncredited)
Jerome Moross ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Clifford Brooke ... dialogue director
Fredrik T. Nyquist ... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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  • RCA (sound system)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

According to a legend, if three strangers gather before an idol of Kwan Yin (the Chinese goddess of fortune and destiny) on the night of the Chinese New Year and make a common wish, Kwan Yin will open her eyes and her heart and grant the wish. In London 1938 on the Chinese New Year, Crystal Shackleford has such an idol and decides to put the legend to the test. She picks two random strangers off the street, and puts the proposition to them. They decide that an ideal wish would be for a sweepstakes ticket they buy equal shares in to be a winner. After all, everyone needs money and a pot is very easy to divide equally, right? Written by Ken Yousten

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Taglines BREATHTAKING SUSPENSE - THRILLS! (original ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Three Men and a Girl (United States)
  • Drei Fremde (Germany)
  • Tres extraños (Spain)
  • Kolme muukalaista (Finland)
  • Trois étrangers (Belgium, French title)
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  • 92 min
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Trivia According to Robert Osborne of TCM, this film was at one point intended to be a sequel to "The Maltese Falcon." Following the success of that film, Warner Bros. wanted to make a sequel. Falcon write/director John Huston said he'd previously written an un-filmed script for Warner Bros. that would be appropriate and would only require the character names to be changed to the Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet and Mary Astor characters. However, Warner Bros. discovered they did not own the rights to the characters except for their appearance in "The Maltese Falcon." See more »
Goofs When Johnny and Icey are talking in the bar, Johnny's glass goes from him setting it on the table with his left hand, to in the next shot the glass is off the table in his left hand down by his waist. See more »
Soundtracks Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 39 See more »
Quotes Johnny West: Don't ever get mixed up with a Chinese goddess. That's the worst thing that can happen, the very worst.
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