The 1929 Wall Street crash was still two months in the future when Warner Bros.' Gamblers was released in the late summer of 1929. Jason Robards Sr. and George Fawcett play Carvel Emerson Jr. and Emerson Sr., father-and-son stock manipulators who "gamble" their firm's assets on a risky proposition. The plot is spiced up by the fact that Emerson Jr. is the former sweetheart of Catherine Darwin (Lois Wilson), the wife of diligent district attorney James Darwin (H.B. Warner). When Emerson Jr. is caught investing money that doesn't belong to him, he is indicted on a swindling charge, giving Darwin a golden opportunity to prosecute his romantic rival in court. A surprise plot twist in the last reel hardly compensates for the film's overall predictability.
by Hal Erickson synopsis