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The Luckiest Guy in the World (1947)

Passed | | Short, Crime, Drama | 25 January 1947 (USA)
Charles Vurn is always looking for a way for big money the easy way, which in his case usually means gambling. He does so at the possible expense of his job as an insurance salesman - money... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)

Writers:

Doane R. Hoag (screen play) (as Doane Hoag), Emile C. Tepperman (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Nelson ... Charles Vurn
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Martha Vurn
George Travell George Travell ... John Greg
Milton Kibbee ... Mr. Ashlon
Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Mossley
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Storyline

Charles Vurn is always looking for a way for big money the easy way, which in his case usually means gambling. He does so at the possible expense of his job as an insurance salesman - money from the company which he's "temporarily" used to feed his gambling habit - and marriage to his wife, Marsha, who refuses to give him the money her mother gave her for a rainy day. But a series of incidents in combination with what he considers the lucky breaks he's needed lead to Charles taking desperate measures to be the wealthy man of which he's only dreamed, but at several costs in the process. But is it only a matter of time before karma catches up with him? Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay #48: The Luckiest Guy in the World See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Released over a year after its predecessor, Purity Squad (1945), this was the final entry in the long and successful Crime Does Not Pay 2-reel series. See more »

Connections

Follows A Criminal Is Born (1938) See more »

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He Had It Made
21 February 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Crime Does Not Pay short subjects were usually pedantic lessons on the evils of crime and how the police inevitably get their man because they've got science and good detective instincts on their side. This last one of the series is one glorious exception, it could have been a feature film. And as a short subject could have qualified for a Twilight Zone episode.

Barry Nelson who had a much better career on stage than he did on film stars in The Luckiest Guy In The World. He starts out pretty unlucky because he's a compulsive gambler who picks losers all the time. Embezzlement leads to murder and what seems a successful cover-up. But only seems so because this guy did get away with the crime, but the ending is out of a Twilight Zone episode.

This short subject was nominated for an Oscar in that category, but lost to a short subject called A Boy And His Dog and do I have to tell you what that's about. Sentimental won out over the surreal that year.

Still this short subject is one of the best around.


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