Any Number Can Play (1949)

112 mins | Drama | July 1949

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writer:

Richard Brooks

Producer:

Arthur Freed

Cinematographer:

Harold Rosson

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a Sep 1948 HR news item, M-G-M purchased the screen rights to Edward Harris Heth's novel from Twentieth Century-Fox for $50,000. The news item notes that Twentieth Century-Fox had purchased the rights to the story three years earlier but shelved a completed script due to casting difficulties. Alexis Smith was loaned by Warner Bros. for the ... More Less

According to a Sep 1948 HR news item, M-G-M purchased the screen rights to Edward Harris Heth's novel from Twentieth Century-Fox for $50,000. The news item notes that Twentieth Century-Fox had purchased the rights to the story three years earlier but shelved a completed script due to casting difficulties. Alexis Smith was loaned by Warner Bros. for the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Jun 1949.
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Daily Variety
1 Jun 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Jun 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 48
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Jun 49
p. 4633.
New York Times
1 Jul 49
p. 14.
Variety
8 Jun 49
p. 18.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Isobel Randolph
Benny Bartlett
Jerome Sheldon
Sayre Deering
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Mervyn LeRoy Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec supv
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
Hair styles des by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Any Number Can Play by Edward Harris Heth (New York, 1945).
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 30 June 1949
Production Date:
4 January--late February 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 May 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2363
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
112
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13719
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When Charley Enley Kyng, the owner of an underground casino, is diagnosed with heart disease, his doctor advises him to give up his profession and slow his pace. Though he has devoted twenty years to his career and has made an honest living at it, Charley knows that it is time to quit and spend time with his loving wife Lon and their teenage son Paul. The Kyngs share their large home with Lon's sister, Alice Elcott, and Alice's dissolute husband Robbin, who works for Charley as a card dealer. Robbin is broke and cannot afford to pay his gambling debts, so when two thugs, Lew "Angie" Debretti and Frank Sistina, try to collect $2,000 from him, he feels he has no alternative but to cheat at Charley's casino. Meanwhile, Paul tells his mother that he is ashamed of his father's business and that he has had to find a new prom date because the last one spurned him when she found out that he is a member of the notorious Kyng family. Charley eventually takes his doctor's advice, and, after giving up drinking, smoking and his life at the casino, decides to go on a fishing trip in the mountains. Before leaving, the Kyngs are visited by an angry couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lorgan, who have lost their life's savings at Charley's casino. After Lon refuses to return their money, the Lorgans threaten to call the police. Lon firmly demands that the couple leave the house, but the incident leaves her in tears. When Paul then rejects his invitation to go fishing, Charley becomes depressed and goes to his casino office, where Ada, an admirer ... +


When Charley Enley Kyng, the owner of an underground casino, is diagnosed with heart disease, his doctor advises him to give up his profession and slow his pace. Though he has devoted twenty years to his career and has made an honest living at it, Charley knows that it is time to quit and spend time with his loving wife Lon and their teenage son Paul. The Kyngs share their large home with Lon's sister, Alice Elcott, and Alice's dissolute husband Robbin, who works for Charley as a card dealer. Robbin is broke and cannot afford to pay his gambling debts, so when two thugs, Lew "Angie" Debretti and Frank Sistina, try to collect $2,000 from him, he feels he has no alternative but to cheat at Charley's casino. Meanwhile, Paul tells his mother that he is ashamed of his father's business and that he has had to find a new prom date because the last one spurned him when she found out that he is a member of the notorious Kyng family. Charley eventually takes his doctor's advice, and, after giving up drinking, smoking and his life at the casino, decides to go on a fishing trip in the mountains. Before leaving, the Kyngs are visited by an angry couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lorgan, who have lost their life's savings at Charley's casino. After Lon refuses to return their money, the Lorgans threaten to call the police. Lon firmly demands that the couple leave the house, but the incident leaves her in tears. When Paul then rejects his invitation to go fishing, Charley becomes depressed and goes to his casino office, where Ada, an admirer of his, tries to persuade him to have an affair with her. Charley, however, remains committed to saving his family, and refuses Ada's advances. Later that night, at Paul's prom, a fistfight breaks out when Paul refuses to take two fraternity boys to his father's casino. Paul and dozens of his schoolmates are jailed for rioting, but when Charley wins his son's release, he is told that Paul does not wish to see him. Paul is released into his mother's custody, and she tries to reconcile her son and husband by taking Paul to the casino. They arrive just as gambler Jim Kurstyn, who is on a winning streak, is about to bankrupt the casino. Instead of closing the game, Charley allows Jim to raise his bet limit and make larger wagers. Tension mounts as Charley and Jim square off at the craps table, but the game is interrupted when Debretti and Sistina burst into the room and hold up the casino. Paul helps his father overpower the gunmen, after which father and son reconcile. When the game resumes, Charley bets and deliberately loses the casino to Jim and returns to his loving family. +

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