Any Number Can Play (1949)

Any Number Can Play (1949)

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In this light drama, Clark Gable once again played his stock-in-trade role of a rogue with a heart of gold. Charlie King (Gable) runs a casino, but, in a business that thrives among the unscrupulous, Charlie takes pride in running an honest game and treating his customers with fairness and respect. However, Charlie's wife Lon (Alexis Smith) doesn't care if he runs a fair game -- she regards gambling as a dirty and corrupt business, and no matter how honest Charlie may be, he's still involved in a wicked activity. Charlie's son Paul (Darryl Hickman) is also against him; when Paul gets in trouble and Charlie bails him out of jail, he refuses to leave with him, instead going home with mother. Charlie invites Paul to see what his casino is like, and Lon agrees that Paul should know just what his father does.
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy
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Runtime:
MGM

Cast

Clark Gable
as Charley Enley Kyng
Alexis Smith
as Lon Kyng
Wendell Corey
as Robbin Elcott
Audrey Totter
as Alice Elcott
Frank Morgan
as Jim Kurstyn
Lewis Stone
as Ben Gavery Snelerr
Marjorie Rambeau
as Sarah Calbern
Leon Ames
as Dr. Palmer
Mickey Knox
as Pete Senta
Richard Rober
as Lew `Angle' Debretti
William Conrad
as Frank Sistina
Darryl Hickman
as Paul Enley Kyng
Dorothy Comingore
as Mrs. Purcell
Art Baker
as Mr. Reardon
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | October 30, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Clark Gable could have played in his sleep his part in this verbose Mervyn LeRoy's family melodrama, set almost entirely within a casino.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Routine family drama.

Full Review… | March 9, 2005
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½

One of the King's indifferent postwar vehicles isn't terrible but nothing special at least he has a strong leading lady in Alexis Smith.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Any Number Can Play (1949) Gambling movies are a whole genre of their own with a big fan base. We all have our favorite game of chance (mine is craps) and we love to see people playing it. I believe that this was Clark Gable's last movie under contract with MGM, and although it wasn't a big-budget, wide screen, technicolor, action picture, it was more of an interesting studio drama written by Richard Brooks, from a novel by Edward Harris Heth and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. It's very much worth taking a look at. Charley Kyng (Gable) is living his dream. He's a gambler who runs a small town casino. He won the little gambling house in a card game from Ben Snelerr (Lewis Stone) who is now down on his luck, like many of the other characters Charley meets at the casino. There's some great character actors and actresses in this movie. Now Charley's getting some bad news from Dr. Palmer (Leon Ames) that he has a heart condition from stress and needs to seriously consider quitting and take it easy from now on. Charley's wife, Lon (Alexis Smith) and teenaged son, Paul (Darryl Hickman) don't like Charley's business. Even though, they're well off and live in a big house, they get embarrassed by the town gossips and the hard luck stories they get from their friends. In fact, Paul (sort of) gets into a fight at his prom over his dad's casino and lands in the city jail. This is a great Father's day movie. When Paul tells his Dad that he should give his customers back their money, instead of getting mad, Charley tells him that this is good, that he wants to change the world, when he grows up and changes things that he'll try to live by those rules, but until then, he has to work with the rules that he's got.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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