I can't believe it's August already but still hot and sticky and icky. This week, at Wandering Through The Shelves, the topic is Gambling. I thought of many movies from the famous Ocean's 11 the original and remake(along with the sequels) to horse racing etc... I wonder if one of my picks will be the popular movie for today. If you wish to read what other bloggers have chosen just head on over to Wandering and enjoy the picks. Here are my 3....
1 MR. LUCKY-1943
This was a film that my hubby and I caught on TV and found it very entertaining. It stars Cary Grant as a grifter who, along with his nasty partner, decide to fleece a rich lady and a socialite by running a gambling place on a ship claiming the profits will go towards buying a relief troop ship for the war effort. On top of this the main character( Grant) has taken over the name of his deceased friend since his friend was 4F meaning he can't fight in the war. Along the way, he falls for the young socialite who believes in what he is doing. It's not the typical Grant film since he is not Mr. Class from his later years and is not a true and blue either. A hidden gem that made money in its day but few have heard of now.
2. GUYS AND DOLLS-1955
Yup this is a musical which not only stars Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine (who originated her role on Broadway) but, believe it or not, also stars Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons! Marlon sings and he is thin and good looking. Frank and Marlon play con men who gamble all around town and even in the alley ways. They make a bet that Marlon can't woo the local Salvation Army gal who is trying to save the bad side of town. Oh yes, he has to bring her to Cuba to win the bet. Frank Sinatra's character has been engaged for 14 years and may lose the bet and actually have to marry his fiancée. It is a lot of fun and one can just imagine the off screen male egos clashing. By the way Robert Alda (Alan Alda's dad) originated the role played by Marlon Brando
3. THE STING-1973
I can't let this film go by even though I believe it will be a popular choice this week. In fact, I almost went with Gilda but I talked about that film back in April. The Sting stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as 2 con men trying to grift a notorious and dangerous mob boss played by the great Robert Shaw. Redford's character, escapes with his life by the skin of his teeth, and meets Newman's character asking to bring the mob boss down. Newman is reluctant at first but they decide to work together to bring this baddie down. The acting is great, the music is great and I can't think of this film without the great Joplin music. If you haven't seen it, see it.
What films would you choose?