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Two Dollar Bettor (September 7, 1951)

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John Litel
 

Released on September 7, 1951: (running time 1 hour and 12 minutes) Family man and banker John Hewitt visits a racetrack for the first time and innocently makes a two dollar bet, but gets hooked on horseracing and bets his entire future on the outcome of one race.

Directed by Edward L. Cahn

The Actors: Steve Brodie (Rick Bowers, aka Rick Slate), Marie Windsor (Mary Slate), John Litel (John Hewitt), Barbara Logan (Nancy Hewitt), Robert Sherwood (Phillip Adams), Barbara Bestar (Diane 'Dee' Hewitt), Walter Kingsford (Carleton P. Adams), Don Shelton (George Irwin), Kay Lavelle (Grandma Sarah Irwin), Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer (Chuck Nordlinger), Isabel Randolph (Margaret Adams), Ralph Reed (Teddy Cosgrove Phelps), Barbara Billingsley (Miss Pierson, bank secretary), Ralph Hodges (Chester Mitchell), Madelon Mitchell (Grace Shepard), Philip Van Zandt (Ralph Shepard), Dick Elliott (big racetrack drunk bettor), Jack George (Tom), Kit Guard (racetrack extra), Sam Harris (racetrack extra), Jonathan Hole (race track drunk bettor), Mike Lally (racetrack extra), Paul Maxey (Lawrence Crane), Forbes Murray (man at racetrack), Ralph Sanford (taxi driver), Bert Stevens (Joe), Eric Wilton (Adams' butler), Barbara Woodell (Mrs. Hewitt's photograph)

 

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The Unlucky Gambler

It is 1951, World War Two has been over for a few years, and the world is finally out of the Great Depression. Life for most of the world is getting better every day. In this adventure, John Litel plays the part of John Hewitt, a banker at a small-town bank. His wife died, but he has two lovely teenage daughters, and for goodness sakes, Barbara Billingsley, later to become Beaver Cleaver’s mom on the “Leave it to Beaver” television show, is his secretary.

Scenes of home with a living room full of young happy teenagers dancing to the latest music fill the screen. Grandma is always around, and Hewitt’s daughters are two lovely teenage girls that any parent would be proud of. Homemade rice pudding in the kitchen, the high school football star taking one of the girls to the picture show after dinner, . . . Life couldn’t get any better for the proud papa!

Unfortunately, the happy father meets some friends at the racetrack one day and learns that a lot of people have fun betting on the horses, and once in a while they win. Our happy father wins too, . . . at first. Soon he has stolen thousands of dollars from the bank he works at to pay off his gambling debts, and the poor papa has no idea how to get out of this mess.

If you notice the movie credits, two other actors get top billing with John Litel. The first actor, Steve Brodie, made a good living being the bad guy in many Tim Holt cowboy movies. The second actor, Marie Windsor, created her movie fame by playing the bad girl in film noir dramas. Our gambling father will meet both of these characters, and they both live up to their movie casting reputation. Bullets are going to fly, and people are going to die in this happy little town. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Barbara Bestar and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Barbara Bestar and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Barbara Billingsley and John Litel
Barbara Billingsley and John Litel
Barbara Logan
Barbara Logan
Don Shelton
Don Shelton
Don Shelton, John Litel and Philip Van Zandt
Don Shelton, John Litel and Philip Van Zandt
Don Shelton
Don Shelton, John Litel and Philip Van Zandt
John Litel
John Litel
John Litel and Carl Switzer
John Litel and Carl Switzer
John Litel and Don Shelton
John Litel and Don Shelton
John Litel and Kay Lavelle
John Litel and Kay Lavelle
John Litel and Marie Windsor
John Litel and Marie Windsor
John Litel and Paul Maxey
John Litel and Paul Maxey
John Litel and Ralph Sanford
John Litel and Ralph Sanford
John Litel
John Litel
John Litel
John Litel
Kay Lavelle
Kay Lavelle
Kay Lavelle and John Litel
Kay Lavelle and John Litel
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor and John Litel
Marie Windsor and John Litel
Marie Windsor and John Litel
Marie Windsor and John Litel
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Paul Maxey, John Litel and Philip Van Zandt
Paul Maxey, John Litel and Philip Van Zandt
Steve Brodie
Steve Brodie
Steve Brodie
Steve Brodie
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford and Robert Sherwood
Walter Kingsford and Robert Sherwood
Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford