|Never Trust a Gambler|
|Directed by||Ralph Murphy|
|Screenplay by||Jesse Lasky Jr.|
(as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.)
|Story by||Jerome Odium|
|Produced by||Louis B. Appleton|
|Cinematography||Allen G. Siegler|
|Edited by||Al Clark|
|Music by||Arthur Morton|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Steve Garry, insisting he has quit gambling, asks his ex-wife Virginia Merrill if he can lay low at her Los Angeles house while waiting to testify in a murder trial. She reluctantly consents, unsure whether she can trust him, and hides him from nosy neighbor Phoebe.
At a market buying Steve food and liquor, Virginia runs into a police sergeant, McCloy, who dated Dolores Alden, her former roommate. McCloy won't go away, escorting Virginia home, then making a drunken pass at her. Steve emerges from hiding and hits McCloy with a chair, accidentally killing him.
Sgt. Ed Donovan has been out looking for Steve, who is actually a suspect in that murder case coming to trial. Donovan is called to the scene when McCloy's body is found near a car that's gone off a cliff. Steve pushed it there, hoping to make it look like the cop drove drunk and caused his own death. McCloy's partner Lou Brecker investigates as well. Donovan finds the name of Dolores on the body and questions her, which in turns leads him to her friend Virginia.
Steve flees, taking Virginia along by force. While avoiding roadblocks, they pull into a gas station, where Virginia leaves a note for an attendant to find. As the cops close in, Steve takes off on foot, climbing a crane and wounding Donovan with a gunshot. As he tries to descend, Steve is tripped by Donovan and plummets to his death.
- Dane Clark as Steve
- Cathy O'Donnell as Virginia
- Tom Drake as Sgt. Donovan
- Jeff Corey as Lou Brecker
- Myrna Dell as Dolores
- Rhys Williams as Sgt. McCloy
- Kathryn Card as Phoebe