Devil's Lottery (1932)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Calcutta Sweepstakes is the unifying factor of The Devil's Lottery. Among the winners of the sweepstakes are Evelyn (Elissa Landi), the mistress of suave cardsharp Major Hugo Beresford (Paul Cavanaugh), and roughneck ex-boxer Lem Meech (Victor McLaglen), whose mother (Beryl Mercer) insists upon taking charge of McLaglen's winnings lest he squander them. Lord Litchfield (Halliwell Hobbes), the country squire who owns the winning horse, invites the lucky ticket-holders (and their friends, relatives and sweethearts) for a weekend party at his lavish estate. Alas, being in such close proximity to so much wealth and luxury brings out the worst in several of the winners, resulting in heartbreak, betrayal and murder. When the smoke clears, only one of the principal characters is in store for a happy ending.



death, greed, killing, money, paralysis, prize, romance