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King of Gamblers (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 23 April 1937 (USA)
A fast moving and low budget crime drama seasoned with mystery & comedy. SPOILERS: Akim Tamiroff, Paramount's resident crime lord, runs all the illegal gambling activities in a major city. ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Doris Anderson (screenplay), Tiffany Thayer (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Trevor ... Dixie Moore
Lloyd Nolan ... Jim Adams
Akim Tamiroff ... Steve Kalkas
Buster Crabbe ... Eddie (as Larry Crabbe)
Helen Burgess Helen Burgess ... Jackie Nolan
Porter Hall ... George Kramer
Harvey Stephens ... J.G. Temple
Barlowe Borland ... Mr. Parker
Purnell Pratt ... Strohm
Colin Tapley ... Joe
Paul Fix ... Charlie
Cecil Cunningham ... Big Edna
Robert Gleckler ... Ed Murkil
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Taxi Driver
Fay Holden ... Nurse
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Storyline

A fast moving and low budget crime drama seasoned with mystery & comedy. SPOILERS: Akim Tamiroff, Paramount's resident crime lord, runs all the illegal gambling activities in a major city. Reporter Lloyd Nolan struggles to get the goods on Tamiroff, but runs up against a stone wall until he meets sexy but tough nightclub singer Claire Trevor (obviously dubbed). Trevor is anxious to avenge the death of her innocent sister (Helen Burgess), who was done in by Tamiroff's henchmen. Though only a "B" picture budget, King of Gamblers was given "A" treatment by director Robert Florey. The film was part of an unofficial Paramount series based on the FBIs J. Edgar Hoover book Persons in Hiding.

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Taglines:

SUCKER MONEY MADE HIM RICH! (Print Ad- Rochester Journal and Post-Express,((Rochester, NY)) 30 June 1937)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czar of the Slot Machines See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Jim Adams: [eating toast] You know, believe it or not, this is the first food that's passed my lips in days - that is, going in this direction.
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Soundtracks

Hate to Talk About Myself
Music by Ralph Rainger and Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Slot Machine King
20 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Club owner and racketeer Akim Tamiroff wants Claire Trevor, but she doesn't want him. He rents her an expensive apartment, and tells her that she can decide if he's worth the high life. Meanwhile, newspaperman Lloyd Nolan is on her mind. When Claire's former room mate, Helen Burgess, disappears, she calls Nolan, even as the trail begins to run to Tamiroff in this solid drama.

Given the cast and plot, you'd think this was a Fox B, but it's a Paramount programmer directed by Robert Florey, with the sort of gloss that studio can provide. Cinematographer Harry Fishbeck shoots Miss Trevor so she looks like a blonde Myrna Loy, and Tamiroff looks as oily as ever. Evelyn Brent has slid to the bottom of the credited list, and Louise Brooks' scenes were deleted, but this one moves fast once it gets going.


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