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The Great Gamble (1934)

House of Danger (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 10 November 1934 (USA)
To protect a young woman's life, a man pretends to be her injured friend so he can investigate a murder and capture the killers.


Charles Hutchison


C.C. Cheddon (story The Great Gamble), Jack Natteford (continuity and dialogue) (as John Francis Natteford)


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Cast overview:
Onslow Stevens ... Don Phillips
Janet Chandler ... Sylvia Evans
James Bush ... Ralph Nelson
Desmond Roberts ... Gordon - the Butler
Howard Lang ... Mr. Weatherby
Nina Guilbert Nina Guilbert ... Aunt Lydia
John Andrews John Andrews ... Martin
Tove Linden Tove Linden ... Helen (as Tove Lindan)
Roy Rice Roy Rice ... Stanley - 1st Chauffeur
Stan Scharling Stan Scharling ... Frank - 2nd Chauffeur (as Stanley Scharling)
Chang Chang ... Ship's Cook


To protect a young woman's life, a man pretends to be her injured friend so he can investigate a murder and capture the killers.

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Release Date:

10 November 1934 (USA) See more »

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The Great Gamble See more »

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Production Co:

Peerless Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Thursday 16 September 1948 on WJZ (Channel 7) and in Los Angeles Thursday 16 November 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13). See more »

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Not bad considering the incredibly low budget.
24 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This B-movie is from tiny Peerless Pictures. Surprisingly, it's rather good. Now I am not saying it's a 'must-see' picture, but it's better than you'd expect from a cheap B.

When the film begins, Don (Onslow Stevens) and his friend Ralph have been on a sea journey for a very long time. In fact, Ralph hasn't been home in a decade. After the boat explodes, Don arrives at Ralph's family estate and poses as Ralph. This is because apparently, some crazy family member is planning on doing Ralph in and taking the family fortune. So, Don sticks around and investigates, but there is a hitch-- Ralph's old girlfriend has fallen for Don and thinks he is Ralph!

While the plot is a bit contrived, the acting is generally good and the story works pretty well--provided you don't think too much about problems with the plot or listen to the musical interlude (yuck!). Worth seeing if you like Bs--and not a bad time-passer for the rest of the folks.

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