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A Sublime Private Gambling Club
- el debbo
I love-love-love this intelligent movie. The production values are old-school wonderful. The way the actors move is like watching smooth choreography. And the actors! Gable and Smith, Audrey Totter and Wendell Corey like I've never seen him before, Frank Morgan in a new, gregarious and razor-sharp mode, wonderful Mary Astor, Edgar Buchanan, Barry Sullivan, and the Grande Dame Marjorie Rambeau. Darryl Hickman has the stormy, bumbling ways of youth, but his expression when his father has an angina attack is really priceless. As one other reviewer said, "immortal actors in their prime". Indeed.
any number can play
- kevin sellers
Kind of a cross between a darker Damon Runyon and a (much) lighter Nelson Algren, this movie is hardly "great," as all the preceding reviewers write, but it sure is fun to watch thanks to Mervin Le Roy's fast paced direction and some fine performances from Clark Gable as Charley, a gambler with a heart of gold that is, alas, prone to angina, Barry Sullivan as his happily married but tough assistant, Marjorie Rambeau as a society matron slash poker whiz, Caleb Peterson as a slow witted but loyal coatroom attendant, Wendell Corey as a sleazy croupier, William Conrad reprising his role in "The Killers," Mary Astor as Gable's wannabe mistress, Lewis Stone as a high roller down on his luck, and Frank Morgan as the oil tycoon out to break Gable's establishment. As for Richard Brooks' screenplay it's on the talky side but is not as bad as it would have been had Brooks also directed. The big downers for this film are the wooden performances of Alexis Smith and Darrell Hickman (Dobie's much less talented sibling) in the crucial roles of Gable's wife and son. Basically, you don't give a rat's duodenum whether or not Gable renounces his gambling life for them and one tends to use the fast forward during the scenes they're in so as to more quickly get back to the world and denizens of Charley's gambling establishment, which is where any quality this movie has is to be found. Give it a B minus.
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Five Star movie in every way and category!
Fabulous film in every way!
This is an absolutely wonderful film in every way! Sorry to read that it was not received well when first released. Loved it for so many reasons: the story, strong supporting cast, and of course, Mr Gable. The amount of talent in this one film is simply astounding when compared to the vast amount of bad movies produced today. I miss them all! I love a good story and a good story well told is rarely seen these days.
top class gable film
- george snedker
wonderful gable film vastly underated when first released one of his best films.great supporting cast,top class film in all departments.
The number is 5 out of 5
- Richard Goldberg
One of the greatest Gable movies. Almost a reprise of his Blackie from "San Francisco". Good story, great acting, and wonderful characters. Just look at the whole cast: Immortal actors in their prime (regardless of age), and great to be "stars" of the future. Dramatic, heartfelt, and wonderfully emotional all the way. This should be out on video (especially in view of all the junk that is out).
Any Number Can Play
- Michelle Bowman
I caught this movie 5 minutes in and fell in love with it. Does anyone know if it is available on DVD?
ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY
I have this movie on VHS and would like to have it on DVD. This is a good movie.