The Winning Ticket (1935)

69-70 or 72 mins | Comedy | 8 February 1935

Director:

Charles F. Reisner

Cinematographer:

Charles G. Clarke

Editor:

Hugh Wynn

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although HR pre-release news items and production charts credit Robert Hopkins with the original story, and list Clarence Muse, Tom McGuire, Jim Farley, Curley Wright and Robert Homans in the cast, their participation in the film has not been confirmed. Background scenes were filmed at the Saratoga racetrack in Saratoga Springs, New ... More Less

Although HR pre-release news items and production charts credit Robert Hopkins with the original story, and list Clarence Muse, Tom McGuire, Jim Farley, Curley Wright and Robert Homans in the cast, their participation in the film has not been confirmed. Background scenes were filmed at the Saratoga racetrack in Saratoga Springs, New York. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Aug 34
p. 4.
Daily Variety
14 Nov 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
9 Jan 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Feb 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 34
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 34
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 34
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
10 Jan 35
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Nov 34
p. 48.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Jan 35
p. 58.
New York Times
11 Feb 35
p. 14.
Variety
12 Feb 35
p. 39.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 February 1935
Production Date:
14 November--mid December 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5300
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69-70 or 72
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
560
SYNOPSIS

The Tomasellos are a poor Italian immigrant family who live in New York. At the urging of his brother-in-law Eddie, and against the wishes of his wife Nora, who objects to gambling, barber Joe Tomasello purchases an Irish sweepstakes ticket. While listening to the sweepstakes drawing on the radio, Eddie faints when Joe's ticket number is announced as the $150,000 first prize winner. Instead of telling Joe right away that he has won, Eddie tries to finagle a percentage of the winnings by ingratiating himself with the winner. Before he can succeed, though, Jeffries, a representative from Lloyd's Insurance Company of London, brings Joe the good news and offers to buy the winning ticket for $10,000 so that he can gamble the money on a bigger win. Joe accepts the offer, but complications arise when Eddie remembers that he gave his lawyer, Tony, the ticket to hold. Eddie plans to get the ticket from Tony, but in the meantime, spends most of Joe's money on a horseracing bet. After their horse, "Salome," wins, Joe and Eddie go to Tony's to get the ticket, but are shocked when they discover that Joe's baby, Mickey, was the last one seen with it. Desperate to find the missing ticket, Tony, Eddie and Joe try to get Mickey to show them what he did with the jar that contained the winning ticket. When the baby points to some loose flooring in the living room, they take apart the floor and dig a huge hole, but come up with nothing. Tony, who faces imprisonment for his outstanding debts, worries about the lost ticket and sees that their only ... +


The Tomasellos are a poor Italian immigrant family who live in New York. At the urging of his brother-in-law Eddie, and against the wishes of his wife Nora, who objects to gambling, barber Joe Tomasello purchases an Irish sweepstakes ticket. While listening to the sweepstakes drawing on the radio, Eddie faints when Joe's ticket number is announced as the $150,000 first prize winner. Instead of telling Joe right away that he has won, Eddie tries to finagle a percentage of the winnings by ingratiating himself with the winner. Before he can succeed, though, Jeffries, a representative from Lloyd's Insurance Company of London, brings Joe the good news and offers to buy the winning ticket for $10,000 so that he can gamble the money on a bigger win. Joe accepts the offer, but complications arise when Eddie remembers that he gave his lawyer, Tony, the ticket to hold. Eddie plans to get the ticket from Tony, but in the meantime, spends most of Joe's money on a horseracing bet. After their horse, "Salome," wins, Joe and Eddie go to Tony's to get the ticket, but are shocked when they discover that Joe's baby, Mickey, was the last one seen with it. Desperate to find the missing ticket, Tony, Eddie and Joe try to get Mickey to show them what he did with the jar that contained the winning ticket. When the baby points to some loose flooring in the living room, they take apart the floor and dig a huge hole, but come up with nothing. Tony, who faces imprisonment for his outstanding debts, worries about the lost ticket and sees that their only solution is to go to Ireland by boat and try to convince the sweepstakes officials that Joe had purchased the winning ticket. Eddie, who is afraid of ships, is tricked onto the boat by Joe, but, along with the Tomasellos, he is ejected from the steamer when he is discovered to be a stowaway. Later, when the men see Mickey inserting a piece of paper into the mouth of a ceramic parrot, they think that it is a sign that the toddler has hidden the ticket inside one of his father's many ceramic parrot pieces. Tony, Eddie and Joe, with the help of the man who sold the remaining forty-five parrots for Joe, track down the owners of the ceramic birds. One of the owners is Mr. Powers, who, when visited by the three men, watches in disbelief as they destroy his parrot and find nothing. Tony and Joe are then jailed for their actions. When Nora, with her baby, visits them in jail, she brings Joe his guitar to help him pass the time. However, Nora and Joe soon quarrel, and when she breaks the guitar over his head, the missing ticket emerges from the broken guitar, and Joe suddenly remembers that the baby had been playing with the instrument. Having rescued themselves from their troubles, Nora, Joe and Tony go to "Salome's" stock farm and ride their winning thoroughbred. +

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