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You Can't Buy Luck (1937)

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61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Wealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger Jean Jason, about whom he has no illusions, and in ...See moreWealthy and superstitious race-horse owner Joe Baldwin practices philanthropy because he believes his charity donations bring luck to his ponies. One object of his bounty is gold-digger Jean Jason, about whom he has no illusions, and in order to get rid of her he finances her European vacation, and with her, unknown to Baldwin, goes full-time gigolo/part time artist Paul Vinette. Before a big race Baldwin is at an orphanage near the track and expresses his wishes for rain on the following day as his horse, "Sarcasm", runs best on a muddy track. The orphans resent his wish as it is also to be the day of their annual big outing, as does the orphanage assistant, Betty McKay, who chides Baldwin for his selfish viewpoint. It does rain but "Sarcasm" loses anyway, and Baldwin decides it was because the orphans were pulling against him. He arranges a big party for the kids and he and Betty fall in love. When Jean returns from Europe, she demands $50,000 to fade out of the picture. He tells her he will bring her a check. Paul sees Jean packing her bags, accuses her of running out, and they quarrel. She gets a gun and orders him out of the apartment and they fight for the weapon. Paul is leaving the building as Baldwin enters. A few minutes later, the police receive a call from a man claiming to be Joe Baldwin who says he has just killed Jean Jason. Baldwin is arrested and convicted on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. He escapes the police and goes into hiding in the home of a taxicab driver, Frank Bent, he had once befriended. Baldwin, with the aid of Bent and Betty, start the process of proving his innocence and also finding the real killer. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Writers
Martin Mooney (screen play) (story) | Arthur T. Horman (screen play)
Cinematographer
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
Editor
Jack Hively (edited by)
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Apr 30, 1937 (United States)

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39 cast members
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Onslow Stevens
Joe Baldwin Joe Baldwin   See fewer
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Helen Mack
Betty McKay Betty McKay   See fewer
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Vinton Hayworth
Paul Vinette Paul Vinette   See fewer
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Maxine Jennings
Jean Jason Jean Jason   See fewer
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Paul Guilfoyle
Frank Bent Frank Bent   See fewer
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Frank M. Thomas
Police Lt. Bond Police Lt. Bond   See fewer
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Richard Lane
Detective Mac McGrath Detective Mac McGrath   See fewer
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Murray Alper
Chauffeur Spike Connors Chauffeur Spike Connors   See fewer
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Hedda Hopper
Mrs. Agnes White Mrs. Agnes White   See fewer
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George Irving
Doug White Doug White   See fewer
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Barbara Pepper
Store Clerk Store Clerk   See fewer
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Willie Best
Airline Porter (uncredited) Airline Porter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sonny Bupp
Orphan Boy (uncredited) Orphan Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Cobb
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Corson
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Margaret Fielding
Alice King (uncredited) Alice King (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Flint
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bess Flowers
Nightclub Patron (uncredited) Nightclub Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Foster
Scrapper (uncredited) Scrapper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Frazer
Police Lab Man (uncredited) Police Lab Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dwight David Frye
Herman - an Orphan (uncredited) Herman - an Orphan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Gargan
Butch (uncredited) Butch (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ann Gillis
Peggy (uncredited) Peggy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Gribbon
Chuck (uncredited) Chuck (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jonathan Hale
Prosecutor (uncredited) Prosecutor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Henry Hall
Dr. Russell (uncredited) Dr. Russell (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Harvey
Bill - Theatrical Agent (uncredited) Bill - Theatrical Agent (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Ince
Jury Foreman (uncredited) Jury Foreman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Payne B. Johnson
Orphan Boy (uncredited) Orphan Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Kelly
Puggy (uncredited) Puggy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank LaRue
Mr. Brand (uncredited) Mr. Brand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jackie Cagney Miller
Teenage Girl (uncredited) Teenage Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mills
DeJarno - Prisoner (uncredited) DeJarno - Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edgar Norton
Rivers - Joe's Butler (uncredited) Rivers - Joe's Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Broderick O'Farrell
Desk Clerk (uncredited) Desk Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patsy Parsons
Orphan Girl (uncredited) Orphan Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Raymond
Bat (uncredited) Bat (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Rush
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.7 / 10 | 43 votes