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Two Dollar Bettor (1951)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 September 1951 (USA)
An honest bank employee gets hooked on horse racing, and starts to embezzle bank funds in an attempt to recoup his losses.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), Howard Emmett Rogers (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Litel ... John Hewitt
Marie Windsor ... Mary Slate
Steve Brodie ... Rick Bowers - aka Rick Slate
Barbara Logan Barbara Logan ... Nancy Hewitt
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Chuck Nordlinger (as Carl Switzer)
Barbara Bestar ... Diane 'Dee' Hewitt
Walter Kingsford ... Carleton P. Adams
Don Shelton Don Shelton ... George Irwin
Kay Lavelle Kay Lavelle ... Grandma Sarah Irwin (as Kay La Velle)
Ralph Hodges Ralph Hodges ... Chester Mitchell
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Teddy Cosgrove Phelps
Robert Sherwood Robert Sherwood ... Phillip Adams
Isabel Randolph ... Margaret Adams
Barbara Billingsley ... Miss Pierson (as Barbara Billinsley)
Philip Van Zandt ... Ralph Shepard
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Storyline

Bank comptroller John Hewitt is a much-respected member of the community. One afternoon he is persuaded to make a small two-dollar bet at the racetrack and collects a couple of hundred dollars when his horse wins. Such a return-on-investment intrigues him and he begins to frequent the track and making larger bets. After a short period of winning, he hits a losing streak and his savings are soon wiped out. He then starts to take money from the bank and is soon thousands of stolen-dollars behind. Mary Slate, secretary of his bookmaker, advises him that the bookmaker has a sure thing, and if he will liberate $20,000 or so from the bank, he can get in on it and solve all his problems. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Don't Be A Sucker ! The true story of a nice guy "taken" - but good ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beginner's Luck See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Rick Bowers - aka Rick Slate: [to Mary] That's what I love about you, baby. You only play the sure things.
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"Racer Madness".........An improbable mix of true noir and Leave It To Beaver naiveté that actually works!
11 September 2006 | by guancheSee all my reviews

Or..."Post Time for Topper". You won't see Ward, Wally or The Beaver. But you DO get to see Barbara Billingsly (June) as the fall guy's secretary. AND Carl (Alfalfa) Switzer as his younger daughter's dizzy boyfriend. This is the story of an honest, widowed family man and bank officer who becomes addicted to offtrack horse betting, loses large sums of money, and is lured deeper into the abyss by his bookie's vampish courier, Marie Windsor-----Filmland's best, sexiest, and probably most prolific villainess.

The rare contrast of authentic noir and sappy "back at the homestead" scenes provides for some unintentional humor, giving the movie the flavor of a high school dope-scare film from the 60s. However, this film isn't in the "so bad it's good" category. The performances and scripting are top notch, even though some of the melodramatic plot elements are quite implausible and even a bit ridiculous. Nevertheless, the film is effectively paced and truly suspenseful. Plenty of thrills....and a few giggles.

Highly entertaining


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