Hot Tip (1935)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 6, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The multitalented James Gleason was both star and co-director of the RKO Radio programmer Hot Tip. Gleason is cast as restaurant owner Jimmy McGill, an inveterate horse player who's a sucker for every race-track tout within a hundred-mile radius. But his wife Jane (ZaSu Pitts) detests gambling, so Jimmy promises to stop playing the ponies. This promise lasts only until our hero needs 200 bucks in a hurry to help out his future son-in-law Ben (played by Gleason's real-life son Russell Gleason). James Gleason and ZaSu Pitts worked so well together that RKO later reteamed them in two "Hildegarde Withers" entries, The Plot Thickens and 40 Naughty Girls.



compulsion, finances, gambler-compulsive, gambling