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Any Number Can Play

Any Number Can Play
File:Any Number Can Play FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Edward Harris Heth (novel)
Richard Brooks
Starring Clark Gable
Alexis Smith
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Mervyn LeRoy
Release date(s) July 15, 1949
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Any Number Can Play is a 1949 drama film starring Clark Gable and Alexis Smith. It is based on the novel of the same name by Edward Harris Heth.

Plot Summary

Casino owner Charley Enley Kyng (Clark Gable) is recommended by his physician to slow down, after being diagnosed with a heart disease. Charley takes this under consideration, but he supports his own family as well as his wife's sister, Alice (Audrey Totter) and her husband, Robbin (Wendell Corey), who are in poor financial standing. Charley begins changing his life by quitting drinking and smoking.

Robbin works as a dealer at Charley's casino. Since Robbin can't pay his $2,000 gambling debts to a gangster, who sends his two goons Lew Debretti (Richard Rober) and Frank Sistina (William Conrad) after him, he decides to start cheating at cards.

Charley's son Paul (Darryl Hickman) expresses shame about his father's line of work to his mother, Lon (Alexis Smith). His date for the prom found out about his father and decided not to go with him after all. Charley tries to get his son to accompany him on a fishing trip in the mountains, but the son refuses.

Charley and his family gets a visit from a very dissatisfied couple of customers, Mr. and Mrs. Lorgan. They lost their entire savings at his casino and demands their money back. Charley doesn't agree to this, and the meeting ends with threats and tears. Lon feels bad about the way they are making their living.

Charley is depressed by the breakdown of his personal life, but still rejects an invitation from a woman working at the casino, Ada (Mary Astor), who wants to sleep with him. Paul gets into a brawl at the prom because of his father's business, and is arrested together with a few other boys from school. Charley goes there to get his son out of jail, but Paul doesn't want to speak with him.

Instead Paul follows his mother home and layer in the evening to the casino. During their visit, a big time gambler by the name of Jim Kurstyn (Frank Morgan) is about to win enough to bankrupt the whole casino. Tired of the business, Charley lets the man bet as much as he wants. Just when the game is about to finish, the gangster's goons enter the room, and try to rob the place.

With the help of his son, Charley manages to overpower the goons. Father and son are then able to reconcile and the family's happiness is restored. The game continues, and Charley loses the casino to the gambler, but couldn't be happier, since ha has his family back together. [1]


External links

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  • TCM Movie Database
  • AllRovi


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