Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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The Bad Streak 

The owner of a financially distressed casino faces a dilemma when his estranged son gambles against him. Either his casino will go bankrupt, or he'll bring about the financial ruin of his son.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

John Bagni (story), Gwen Bagni (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Renneck
Virginia Grey ... Angela
Robert Arthur ... David (as Robert R. Arthur)
Horace McMahon ... Chick
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Weston
John Hoyt ... Bentridge
Manuel París Manuel París ... Croupier
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The owner of a financially distressed casino faces a dilemma when his estranged son gambles against him. Either his casino will go bankrupt, or he'll bring about the financial ruin of his son.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Down on his luck...
29 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In some ways, this episode of "Four Star Playhouse" reminds me of the Clark Gable movie "Any Number Can Play"...and it was made just a few years earlier. Both are about decent guys who run gambling joints and whose family relationships are estranged.

When the show begins, you learn that Renneck (Charles Boyer) is having a bad run of luck. If things don't improve, he'll have to shut down his casino in Reno. To make things worse, some young guy is there and he's having all the luck. Imagine everyone's surprise when they learn the young guy is Renneck's son...and he and his father haven't seen each other in many years. Exactly why and what's next, you'll just have to see for yourself.

Like most episodes of the series, it can be found on archive.org--a site filled with public domain TV shows and films. This one is about average for the series...not great (the ending seemed a bit hard to believe) but the acting and quality definitely is there. Worth seeing.


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