Nick Venizelos, an immigrant Greek barber, has an uncommon affinity for poker and other sorts of wagering and a group of his friends bankroll him in a big game, where his weakness for pretty blondes is taken advantage of by sleazy operator Sleepy Sam who cleans him out in a rigged game.
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This was so weird and great. Robinson is this gregarious Greek barber/gambler who gets burned a couple times, then finds success and evolves into an arrogant monster. But that's all no big deal - what ends up doing him in is the fact that he's still capable of compassion/love. Pessimistic on a molecular level. Cagney KILLS in a relatively tiny role - man of a thousand baffling/wonderful gestures.
Edward G. Robinson has one of his best early roles as Nick the Barber, a small town gambler who makes it big in the city, but a soft spot for blondes clouds his better judgement. James Cagney is around as Robinson's brother and prevailing right hand man, the only time the Warner Brother's stars ever appeared together. A great gambling movie, with some terrific Robinson one-liners.
Petite comédie policière jamais ennuyeuse, plutôt gentillette qui réunit la seule fois sur un écran, Edgar G. Robinson et James Cagney (ce dernier encore un peu en retrait) avec la lumineuse présence d'une actrice peu connue, Evalyn Knapp et une courte apparition de Boris Karloff, toujours inquiétant et lugubre à souhait... www.cinefiches.com