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Gambling House (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 January 1951 (USA)
In New York, a small-time hood, who took the rap for a murder committed by his crime-boss in exchange for 50 G's, faces deportation because he doesn't hold American citizenship.

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Ted Tetzlaff

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Marvin Borowsky (screenplay), Allen Rivkin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Marc Fury
Terry Moore ... Lynn Warren
William Bendix ... Joe Farrow
Zachary Charles Zachary Charles ... Willie (as Zachary A. Charles)
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge Ravinek
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Lloyd Crane
Damian O'Flynn ... Ralph Douglas
Cleo Moore ... Sally
Ann Doran ... Della
Eleanor Audley ... Mrs. Livingston
Gloria Winters ... B. J. Warren
Don Haggerty ... Sharky
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Small time racketeer Marc Fury agrees to plead self-defense for a murder committed by gang boss Joe Farrow in exchange for Farrow's I.O.U. for $50,000. He is acquitted but is ordered deported by immigration authorities unless he can convince the judge to let him stay. After meeting volunteer worker Lynn Warren his tough guy exterior begins to soften as he follows her through her efforts to settle a family of European refugees. Events lead to a dramatic conclusion as Farrow welches on his deal with him and Fury attends his final deportation hearing. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias Mike Fury See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $50,000 Farrow promises Fury would be worth almost $500,000 in 2016. See more »

Quotes

Marc Fury: You know all about me don't you?
Lynn Warren: I majored in psychology as you guessed - abnormal psychology.
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A strange combination of genres but a decent film.
29 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Gambling House" begins with a murder. A mobster like Farrow (William Bendix) did it, but isn't about to take the rap. So, he hatches a plan--Marc Fury (Victor Mature) will claim he killed the man and Farrow will say he witnessed it and it was self-defense. Well, the jury believed it and now Fury is going to be $50,000 richer. However, he's caught by surprise when he's leaving the courtroom--when he's served with a deportation order. Apparently, he came to America as a very, very young boy and didn't realize his family was never naturalized. And, so, because of this loophole, he might be forced to go to live in Italy. Marc isn't at all happy--but not because he's losing his citizenship but because he's a tough guy and doesn't like being told what to do. So, with the help of a social worker (Terry Moore), he's going to fight this order. And, this is a tall order for a guy who is this cynical!

The film is a very strange combination of genres. It's clearly film noir because of the dialog---Fury talks and acts like a classic noir character, as does Farrow. But, it's also a social commentary film, a HIGHLY patriotic film AND a romance to boot! Strange certainly is the word for this melange! But is it any good? Sure. The film has its shortcomings (it's a bit too heavy-handed when it comes to the American dream and the chemistry with Peters seems forced) but it also is good entertainment and Mature is very entertaining as Fury. In particular, the ending is really, really good--pure noir in style and with a twist.


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