New to betting on the horses, a middle-aged man has good fortune at first and thinks that gambling is a good source of income. Then his luck turns. Finding himself in dire financial straits, he is tempted to take money from the vault of the bank where he works. Currently rated 7.1 at the IMDB (here).
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March 27, 2018 Subject:
Two dollar bettor
Yeah right. Good movie, but unbelievable ending which only happens in movies.
October 17, 2016 Subject:
This movie has too much humor in it to be film noir. I actually laughed once.
Also, you have to wait over an hour for someone to get killed. Unacceptable.
Nevertheless, the ending is satisfactory, because the owner of the company is trying to help his man out of a jam.
April 1, 2016 Subject:
Chump with a capital UMP
A well worn storyline.
Fair acting and a fair svcreenplay makes this a ho-hum flim. Not really noir but close.
November 10, 2012 Subject:
Warning: some may find this depressing
After checking out so many noir flicks here I thought I was pretty hard-boiled, but the lead actor injected such remarkable pathos into this simple little morality tale that I couldn't help feeling sorry for the fool.
Moral of the story: if you waste your life fretting over your kids and job, then you'll go out like a sucker (and note that The Two Dollar Bettor could have gone down the same path with the stock market as with horse racing). But rob big, rob legit, lie with authority and you'll always win The Big Payoff - it worked for his boss (and all other bankers).
Like I said: some may find this depressing.
January 1, 2011 Subject:
Child actor sighting
This is a good story for a B movie! Watch for the teenage football jock at the house dance parties they call Chuck. It's Carl Switzer who is better known as "Alfalfa" in the Little Rascals films.
May 1, 2010 Subject:
Bob, the doowop monkey
Please ignore; you know how it enjoys throwing its feces at humans.
May 1, 2010 Subject:
....You 20 To 1 Nobody Likes This Crappy "Movie"
June 7, 2009 Subject:
What a schmuck, I love it!!!
I always enjoyed this. This morality tail shows how easily people are sucked in to gambling. It's fun to watch especially seeing the lead's teenage daughters dance the night away. Noir queen Marie Windsor plays the female lead. I'm still waiting for the sequel: Two-Dollar Hooker!
May 27, 2009 Subject:
How Deep Can It Get?
The first few minutes of the movie are rather simplified and cheesy, but the plot grows to the point of serious believability. Though the dialogue is a bit stilted,and the teenage acting rather weak it was a satisfying view to the sad outcome and the perils of betting.