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Two Dollar Bettor (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 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

Writer:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Brodie ... Rick Bowers - aka Rick Slate
Marie Windsor ... Mary Slate
John Litel ... John Hewitt
Barbara Logan Barbara Logan ... Nancy Hewitt
Robert Sherwood Robert Sherwood ... Phillip Adams
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)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Chuck Nordlinger (as Carl Switzer)
Isabel Randolph ... Margaret Adams
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Teddy Cosgrove Phelps
Barbara Billingsley ... Miss Pierson (as Barbara Billinsley)
Ralph Hodges Ralph Hodges ... Chester Mitchell
Madelon Baker Madelon Baker ... Grace Shepard (as Madelon Mitchel)
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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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I Bet! I Stole! I Killed! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Hefty Racetrack Drunk Bettor: Hey, here, here... who are you playing in the next race?
John Hewitt: I'm not playing anything in the next race - or any other race - ever again!
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Written by Jeanne Logan
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The thrill of winning
30 June 2014 | by meslonSee all my reviews

And The Agony of Defeat. I've been an avid horse player for the last forty years and this film is an old style but truly realistic portrayal of what can happen to an addictive personality coupled with a big win the first time a man places money on a horse. It can work for any type of gambling but using horses as the money pit gives that little added class. The film is not the greatest piece of acting and writing but it is indeed a realistic look at the Easy Money syndrome Gamble sensibly. Gamble for fun, but never borrow money to gamble. Stay in touch with yourself...the film's message is clear and the minor faults of an early 50's plot are overlooked by this viewer. A hell of a rush to win but...


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