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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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Storyline

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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Remake of Mr. Lucky (1943) See more »

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Immigration Jackpot
14 January 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Victor Mature was a tough and solid leading man hero in many films, but in Gambling House he lets William Bendix make a chump out of him. In fact he gets into a real jackpot with the Immigration authorities.

This story hit home with me because I knew someone who was in just such a bind as Mature was in this film. He was born in Canada of Puerto Rican parents and he was undocumented until he was an adult. For him it was cumbersome process to get citizenship and he was ill equipped to deal with it. But that's another story.

The story of Charles 'Lucky' Luciano was in everyone's mind back then so the story here resonated with the American audiences. Luciano got himself deported to Italy as did a few other foreign born gangsters back then. This was no idle threat.

Mature takes a murder rap for Bendix and pleads self defense and Bendix agrees to a $50,000.00 payment and Mature takes his IOU. Just like Alan Ladd who gets burned with hot money after a contract in This Gun For Hire, Mature gets ratted out to immigration.

When Mature by dint of circumstances is forced to make contact with various hopeful immigrants the film takes an abrupt turn into social drama from noir. Helping him find a social conscience is rich do-gooder socialite Terry Moore.

The end is taken from one of Mature's much better films, Kiss Of Death without the dramatic impact it had in that one. William Bendix was never bad in any film, but he's sadly wasted in one of RKO's lesser noir films.


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