Gambling on the High Seas (1940)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Release Date - Jun 22, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This 55-minute remake of the 75-minute Warner Bros. crime drama Special Agent retains a surprising amount of the original's plotline. Wayne Morris plays crusading journalist Jim Carter, who hopes to get the goods on crime boss Greg Morella (Gilbert Roland), the owner of a posh gambling ship anchored just outside the 12-mile limit. Trouble is, every time a witness is lined up for the federal district attorney (John Litel), said witness is either bought off or killed off, thanks to a stool pigeon in the DA's office. Eventually, Carter must rely upon the eyewitness testimony of Laurie Ogden (Jane Wyman), Morella's bookkeeper. To prevent this, Morella has Laurie kidnapped and hidden away on his ship, but Carter comes to the rescue. The film's central gimmick, a roulette wheel with a concealed camera, evidently caught the fancy of director George Amy, since this particular prop is given more close-ups than the two stars.

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anchorperson, boating, criminal, evidence, expose [revelation], gambling, gangster, help, high-seas, investigation, investigator, journalism, killing, love, murder, owner, reporter, sea, shipboard