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Any Number Can Play

Released Jul 15, 1949 1h 52m Drama List
14% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 67% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
When illegal casino owner Charley Enley Kyng (Clark Gable) develops heart disease, he is advised by a doctor to spend more time with his family. However, he finds it difficult to keep his work separate from his life at home. His son, Paul, feels ashamed of Charley's career and gets into a fight at his prom because of it. Meanwhile, Charley's brother-in-law, Robbin (Wendell Corey), who works at the casino, begins fixing games due to his extreme gambling debts. Read More Read Less
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Variety Staff Variety In attempting to sketch a portrait of a bigtime casino operator, screenwriter Richard Brooks has jammed the yarn with too many subordinate characterizations which fly off at a tangent. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review Bob Thomas Associated Press Everything gets jumbled in a mishmashy script that never knows where it's going. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review A.H. Weiler New York Times A competently acted and interesting entertainment but no great revelation. Oct 31, 2006 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) [I] still cannot understand why this is supposed to be a Metro feature film. Apr 4, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Clark Gable could have played in his sleep his part in this verbose Mervyn LeRoy's family melodrama, set almost entirely within a casino. Rated: C Sep 22, 2012 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide Stilted and unrealistic, this Gable vehicle is still arresting because of LeRoy's terse, professional direction and the star's commanding performance, although Corey and Smith give anemic efforts. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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philip w Well I'm surprised at the negative reviews == this movie is ok = much better than some of the rubbish dished out nowadays = go for it and hope you enjoy Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/26/23 Full Review Steve D Not your typical gambling film. Well done by all. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/07/23 Full Review NgLespaul Great movie!!! Something about it. Love the gambling house!! Gable is as good as ever! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review s r The final scene of settling scores and regaining luck make the film worth seeing. Saw it on TCM. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member another good gable vehicle Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis When illegal casino owner Charley Enley Kyng (Clark Gable) develops heart disease, he is advised by a doctor to spend more time with his family. However, he finds it difficult to keep his work separate from his life at home. His son, Paul, feels ashamed of Charley's career and gets into a fight at his prom because of it. Meanwhile, Charley's brother-in-law, Robbin (Wendell Corey), who works at the casino, begins fixing games due to his extreme gambling debts.
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Arthur Freed
Screenwriter
Richard Brooks
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 15, 1949, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 52m
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