Gambler's Choice

Gambler's Choice is a 1944 film directed by Frank McDonald and starring Chester Morris and Nancy Kelly.[1]

Gambler's Choice
Directed byFrank McDonald
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Written byIrving Reis
Maxwell Shane
Based onstory by James Edward Grant
Howard Emmett Rogers
StarringChester Morris
Nancy Kelly
Music byMort Glickman
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byHoward A. Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 1944 (1944-04-27)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States


The professional gambler Ross Hadley is the owner of a posh gaming establishment in the heart of New York. Hadley's main antagonist is his childhood friend Mike McGlennon. McGlennon, now a police lieutenant, is determined to stop the gambling activities of Hadley. Hadley's and McGlennnon's relationship becomes more complex, when they notice, that they both are in love with the attractive Mary Hayes. Mary sings in nightclubs under the stage name 'Vi Parker'.



In 1942, MGM remade Manhattan Melodrama, a film about two boyhood friends who grow up on opposite sides of the law. It was titled Gambler's Choice, then Northwest Rangers.[2] This movie has a similar storyline, with two boyhood friends growing up on opposite sites of the law.

In June 1943 Pine-Thomas signed a new contract with Paramount which included three musicals, and two bigger budgeted pictures, plus three wartime movies which would co-star Chester Morris and Russell Hayden as a team (replacing Morris and Richard Arlen). Hayden had just left Columbia Pictures.[3][4]

In September 1943 Pine Thomas bought a story by James Edward Grant and Howard called Tenderloin as a vehicle for Chester Morris.[5] (They also bought Hell's Afloat for Morris which was never made.) Russell Hayden and Nancy Kelly were cast in November 1943 when the film's title was changed to Gambler's Choice.[6][7]

Filming took place in December 1943.[8]

During one scene where a cop and some arrested gamblers are in a carriage a character says "sit down you're rocking the boat".


See also


  1. Gambler's Choice Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 11, Iss. 121, (Jan 1, 1944): 116.
  2. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 1 June 1942: 9.
  3. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 26 June 1943: 11.
  4. Pine and Thomas to Increase Production at Paramount New York Times 28 June 1943: 16.
  5. Pidgeon to Be Star of Metro Remake of 'If Winter Comes' New York Times 8 Oct 1943: 15.
  6. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: New York Times 25 Nov 1943: 39.
  7. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 23 Nov 1943: 29.
  8. Of Local Origin New York Times 9 Dec 1943: 33

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