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Gambling Daughters (August 1, 1941)

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Gambling Daughters
 

Released on August 1, 1941: Students at an all-girls college get revenge on crooked gamblers who force them to steal priceless jewelry from their parents.

Produced by Ted Richmond

Directed by Max Nosseck

The Actors: Cecilia Parker (Diana Cameron), Roger Pryor (Chance Landon), Gale Storm (Lillian Harding), Robert Baldwin (Jimmy Parker), Sig Arno (Professor Bedoin), Janet Shaw (Katherine Thompson), Charles Miller (Walter Cameron), Eddie Foster (Nick), Alfred Hall (girls school Dean), Judy Kilgore (Gloria), Gertrude Messinger (Jane), Marvelle Andre (Dorothy), Roberta Smith (Mary)

 

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Well, Beat Me Daddy!

Not too long ago I watched and reviewed an early British crime drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock . . . . Of course we all know that Hitchcock has the reputation of being able to turn sweet and innocent scenes into nail-biting terror, but if you are like me, I figured that anyone can do that on screen if they wanted to . . . . Ahhh . . . . . I am learning that there is a reason that every producer and/or director does not have the reputation that Hitchcock has . . . . I get the feeling that the creators of this movie wanted to produce a terrifying crime drama with a bit of humor to break the tension . . . . But in my humble opinion it is really a crime comedy with a bit of romance and a touch of suspense . . . A very light touch of suspense.

When this movie was being promoted the tagline was: Innocent school-girls by day . . . Iron-nerved gambling queens at night! They were out for vengeance . . . And got it! . . . . Well, the movie goes something like that . . . . A little bit . . . . Kinda . . .

As our comedy begins we are at an all-girls college and our story focuses on three rich girls and how they spend their weekends. Two of the girls, played by Gale Storm and Janet Shaw, follow the French professor to find out who he is seeing secretly on the weekends. They discover that he spends his weekends at a roadhouse with dueling pianos that has a secret gambling parlor in the basement. These happily dueling pianos will provide all the background music for the movie . . . Even the murder scene.

This leads to that and two of the girls start gambling on house money and thanks to the rigged roulette wheel are soon deep in debt to the gamblers. They are forced to steal their parents’ jewelry to pay their gambling debts, and that brings a young fellow who is an insurance investigator into the story, and he will become the love-interest of the third school girl.

The gambling hall is run by a mysterious boss that we never see until the final scene when Gale Storm discovers his identity. In the scene that is supposed to bring horror to us, this mysterious boss shoots and kills the henchman who is about to spill the beans and tell us who the big boss really is . . . Unfortunately a lot of funny stuff leads up to this scene, and I was still chortling happily when the shot rang out . . . . Do people still chortle, or is it only me? . . . .

Anyway, it was still fun to see future television sit-com star Gale Storm at the age of 19 prancing around the all-girls school with Cecilia Parker and Janet Shaw . . . And the dark haired gal I didn’t recognize and couldn’t identify that kept turning up in the casino scenes. . . . Anyone know who she is? . . . . Oh, and the teaser title to this review? Those, my friends, are the final words in this murder crime adventure . . . They hit me so unexpectedly, like much of the story, that I just had to use them. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker and Gale Storm
Cecilia Parker and Gale Storm
Cecilia Parker and Gale Storm
Cecilia Parker and Gale Storm
Cecilia Parker and Roger Pryor
Cecilia Parker and Roger Pryor
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Charles Miller
Charles Miller
Charles Miller and Roger Pryor
Charles Miller and Roger Pryor
Charles Miller
Charles Miller
Eddie Foster and Robert Baldwin
Eddie Foster and Robert Baldwin
Eddie Foster and Roger Pryor
Eddie Foster and Roger Pryor
Eddie Foster
Eddie Foster
Gale Storm, Janet Shaw and Sig Arno
Gale Storm, Janet Shaw and Sig Arno
Gail Storm
Gail Storm
Gail Storm
Gail Storm
Janet Shaw, Cecilia Parker and Gale Storm
Janet Shaw, Cecilia Parker and Gale Storm
Janet Shaw
Janet Shaw
Robet Baldwin
Robet Baldwin
Robert Baldwin and Alfred Hall
Robert Baldwin and Alfred Hall
Robert Baldwin and Cecilia Parker
Robert Baldwin and Cecilia Parker
Robert Baldwin and Cecilia Parker
Robert Baldwin and Cecilia Parker
Robert Baldwin
Robert Baldwin
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor and Gale Storm
Roger Pryor and Gale Storm
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor
Sig Arno
Sig Arno