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The Game That Kills (1937)

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55 min | Mystery, Romance, Sport

Tom Ferguson, star left wing of the Indians hockey team, is killed during a game in an "accident" with Dick Adams and Bill Drake, two of his own teammates. His brother, Alec Ferguson, is not convinced it was and accident, and goes to New ...See moreTom Ferguson, star left wing of the Indians hockey team, is killed during a game in an "accident" with Dick Adams and Bill Drake, two of his own teammates. His brother, Alec Ferguson, is not convinced it was and accident, and goes to New York to uncover the truth. Posing as a fellow townsman named Steve Moreau who is unable to accept an offer to play with the Indians because of an injury, Alec wins a place with the team. He learns that the team, a member of a nation-wide professional league, has been throwing games on the orders of a gambling ring. He meets Betty Holland, the pretty daughter of team coach Joe Holland and falls in love with her. He plays along with Adams and Drake and learns that the owner, Rudy Maxwell, is the head of the gambling ring and has Coach Holland under control because of bad checks written to pay off gambling losses. Reporter Sam Erskine suspecting that the games are being thrown and talks Betty into accepting a job on the Chronicle to find out what she can to protect her father's name. Maxwell discovers Alec's true identity and orders Betty kidnapped, thus ensuring that Alec's play will lead to an Indians' defeat in an important game. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Grace Neville (screenplay) | Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay) | J. Benton Cheney (original story)
Cinematographer
Benjamin H. Kline (as Benjamin Kline)
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Updated Sep 21, 1937

Release date
Sep 21, 1937 (United States)

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35 cast members
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Charles Quigley
Alex Ferguson Alex Ferguson   See fewer
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Rita Hayworth
Betty Holland Betty Holland   See fewer
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John Gallaudet
Sam Erskine Sam Erskine   See fewer
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J. Farrell MacDonald
Joe Holland Joe Holland   See fewer
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Arthur Loft
Rudy Maxwell Rudy Maxwell   See fewer
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Paul Fix
Dick Adams Dick Adams   See fewer
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Max Hoffman Jr.
Bill Drake Bill Drake   See fewer
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Dick Wessel
'Leapfrog' Soule 'Leapfrog' Soule   See fewer
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Clyde Dilson
Steven Morean Steven Morean   See fewer
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Harry Strang
Walter Walter   See fewer
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Dick Curtis
Whitey Whitey   See fewer
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Lee Prather
Bronson Bronson   See fewer
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Jack Dougherty
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Edmund Cobb
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Ralph Dunn
Detective Detective   See fewer
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Ethan Laidlaw
Cab Driver Cab Driver   See fewer
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Eddie Fetherston
Cab Driver Cab Driver   See fewer
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Bud Weiser
Motorcycle Cop Motorcycle Cop   See fewer
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Lloyd Ford
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Ward Bond
Tom Ferguson Tom Ferguson   See fewer
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'Babe' Agaminono
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jerry Beranek
Hockey Goaltender (uncredited) Hockey Goaltender (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Brown
Game Official (uncredited) Game Official (uncredited)   See fewer
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Franklyn Farnum
Spectator (uncredited) Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Gaskill
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Morrow
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Race
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Roberts
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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'Dom' Rocerine
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Roemer
Hockey Player (uncredited) Hockey Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Shaner
Game Official (uncredited) Game Official (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 31 votes