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Men of Chance (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 8 January 1932 (USA)
Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk... See full summary »

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Louis Weitzenkorn (by), Louis Stevens (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Cortez ... Johnny Silk
Mary Astor ... Marthe
John Halliday ... Dorval
Ralph Ince ... Farley
Kitty Kelly ... Gertie
James Donlan James Donlan ... Clark
George Davis ... The Frenchman
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Storyline

Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk falls in love with and asks to marry. After the marriage Martha, who has genuinely fallen in love with Silk, innocently feeds his inside betting information to Dorval, causing Silk to lose a fortune. When she realizes what she's done, she confesses all to her husband, who becomes enraged and orders her out of his life. Faced with poverty, she teams up once again with Dorval as he asks her to betray Silk one last time. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 January 1932 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 5,000 franc bet Johnny makes about what drink will be ordered next would equate to about $200 at the time, or about $3,500 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

Martha hears music being played out on the street and goes to the window and looks down. She then throws a coin down to them. The violinist goes to pick up the coin from the sidewalk. However, the coin was already there in the first shot, before Martha throws it. See more »

Quotes

Gertie: But, listen, honey. Buck up. We'll pull out of this mess, somehow.
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Soundtracks

El Capitan
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at the racetrack
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Another horseracing drama
14 March 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In Men of Chance, Mary Astor finds herself poor and destitute in Paris. When she gets arrested for suspected prostitution, when all she was doing was allowing a fellow traveler to sit beside her at a café, she thinks the worst has happened. Then, John Halliday comes to her rescue and reinvents her image as a rich countess. Before she knows it, she's highly respected and the successful gambler Ricardo Cortez falls in love with her.

Similar to other racehorse films of the 1930s, like Saratoga and Broadway Bill, this romantic drama has been forgotten over the decades. It's not really the best movie out there, even though the beginning setup with Mary's arrest is interesting. If you like racehorses in movies, you'll find a host of movies to watch in the 1930s, when the sport was extremely popular.


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