The Winning Ticket

The Winning Ticket is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Charles Reisner and starring Leo Carrillo, Louise Fazenda, and Ted Healy. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1]

The Winning Ticket
Directed byCharles Reisner
Produced byJack Cummings
Screenplay byRalph Spence
Richard Schayer
Story byRobert Pirosh
George Seaton
StarringLeo Carrillo
Louise Fazenda
Ted Healy
Music byHerbert Stothart
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
CinematographyCharles Clarke
Edited byHugh Wynn
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 8, 1935 (1935-02-08)
Running time
70 mins.
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

Poor Italian-American barber Joe Thomasello (Leo Carrillo) purchases a sweepstakes ticket at the urging of his brother-in-law Eddie Dugan (Ted Healy). Joe's wife Nora (Louise Fazenda) is against gambling. The ticket turns out to be a $150,000 first prize winner. Joe remembers that he gave the ticket to his lawyer Tony (Luis Alberni) to hold. The three men realize that Joe's baby, Mickey (Roland Fitzpatrick) was the last one seen with the ticket. When they ask the baby where the ticket is, the baby points to a loose board on the floor. The three men tear up the floor and dig a hole looking for the lost ticket to no avail. Tony, who has huge debts decides that the best thing to do is go to Ireland by boat and try to convince the sweepstakes officials that Joe was the actual sweepstakes winner.

Eddie has a fear of ships and is tricked by the other men into making the voyage. All the men are eventually kicked off the ship when Eddie is accused of being a stowaway. After this, the men witness baby Mickey stuffing paper into the mouth of one of his father's many ceramic parrots, which leads them to believe the baby had put the winning ticket into one of the birds. Mr. Powers (Purnell Pratt) has the men arrested after they destroy some of his ceramic birds. Nora, with baby Mickey visit Joe in jail and they present him with his guitar to help him pass the time. Nora and Joe end up in an argument and the guitar gets broken over Joe's head which exposes the winning ticket which was put into the guitar by Mickey earlier.




  1. Fujiwara, Chris (1998). Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema Of Nightfall. McFarland. p. 316. ISBN 0-786-40491-4.
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