Gambling on the High Seas (Warner Bros.) (1940)

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Wayne Morris Has Virile Role in New Action Film Wayne Morris has had many virile roles but never before has he had a part that called for as much vigor and versatility as the character he portrays in Warner Bros.’ “Gambling On The High Seas,” which opens this Friday at the Strand. Wayne plays the part of a young reporter who falls in love with the pretty, vivacious secretary (Jane Wyman’s role).of a hardened gambler, portrayed by Gilbert Roland. The police have been trying for many years to bring a conviction against the gambling czar, but always without success. But he was not clever enough to thwart the plan of his secretary and Wayne to obtain incriminating evidence. With the aid of a camera, Wayne’ obtains indisputable proof that the gambling machines are fixed. Here, with the actual photographs, the public will learn just how foolish it is to try to beat professional gamblers. The execution of the scheme makes a thrilling climax to an exciting picture. The well-timed screen play was written by Robert E. Kent from an idea by Martin Mooney and directed by George Amy. Odd Trophy Room Wayne Morris, handsome Warner Bros. star now appearing in “Gambling On The High Seas,” coming to the Strand Friday, has added a trophy room to his spacious new house. His latest collection includes ancient fire arms and various implements of combat with which he has decorated the walls. Ideal Model In Film Jane Wyman, pretty starlet of “Gambling On The High Seas,” was chosen by Anderson and Shoup, designers on the Warner lot, as the best dressed actress in Hollywood. They arrived at that conclusion because of the verve and spirit Jane gives to her simplest gowns. She also possesses a never failing sense of color and line value. Mat 107—15c Jane Wyman Likes Brutal Role Roger Pryor portrays a weak but ruthless gangster in the new Warner Bros. film, “Gambling On The High Seas,” which opens Friday at the Strand. It is a role different from any he has ever played before but one which has given him the most enjoyment. Heretofore his efforts have been confined to light entertainment—orchestra leaders, singers, comedy parts, ete. Pryor claims that he likes his present role because it gives him a chance to prove his versatility. He hopes that his next appearance will be in still another type of role. Authentic Props Used Over five thousand dollars worth of gambling apparatus provides the authentic background for Warner Bros.’ “Gambling On The High Seas,” now showing at the Strand Theatre. Most of the roulette, faro, blackjack, and poker tables, plus a majority of the fifty slot machines were obtained from federal officials who had confiscated them from closed gambling ships. It was leased for a limited time and under official seal forbidding its use except for background in “Gambling On The High Seas.” Pretty Jane Wyman Stars in Thriller Coming to Strand! Jane Wyman lends beauty to “Gambling On The High Seas,” a film that is packed with action and excitement. The picture will have its debut this Friday at the Strand. Mat 205—30c ‘Gambling On The High Seas’—Publicity (Revtew) ‘Gambling On High Seas’ New Gangster Thriller tits e) Vitegraph. ‘Gambling On High Seas’ Has Strand Premier Today Gambling Expose Co-Stars Wayne Morris, Jane Wyman “Gambling On The High Seas,” the Warner Bros. picture starring Wayne Morris and Jane Wyman, will have its local premiere at the Strand Theatre today. The film is an expose of the fradulent practices of ruthless gambling ship operators who, not satisfied with their usual criminal activity, dupe innocent thrill-seekers out of their earnings. Morris is cast as a vigorous young newspaperman. He wins the love and cooperation of a pretty blonde secretary, played by Jane Wyman. Her employer is the notorious Greg Morella, portrayed by Gilbert Roland, gambling czar of a luxury liner lying just outside the three mile limit. Morella has successfully thwarted every attempt to convict him. Eventually the Federal men together with the reporter and secretary ferret out enough evidence, in a thoroughly novel manner, to send him to prison for the rest of his life. Reports from Hollywood indicate that “Gambling On The High Seas” is on of the timliest action dramas in many months. The cast of supporting players include such screen favorites as Roger Pryor, John Litel, George Meader and Frank Wilcox. “Gambling On The High Seas” was written for the screen by Robert E. Kent from an idea by Martin Mooney. The direction was handled by George Amy. Sets New Fight Record Wayne Morris set a new mark for handing out left hooks in his latest picture, “Gambling On The High Seas.” It’s in this latest of Warner Bros.’ exciting films that he has his twentyseventh motion-pitcure fist fight in a scene that packs a mighty wallop. George Amy directed. Exciting New Strand Film Bares Crooked Gambling Last night’s audience at the Strand Theatre welcomed another Warner Bros. hit when “Gambling On The High Seas” opened. Starring Wayne Morris and Jane Wyman, the exciting gangster thriller also features Gilbert Roland, John Litel and Roger Pryor. “Gambling On The High Seas” tells in an engaging manner how innocent thrill-seekers were tricked out of their earnings by sinister gangsters operating luxurious gambling ships. Handsome Wayne Morris plays Jim Carver, a young newspaperman. In a series of swiftly paced scenes he and the gambling ezar’s secretary, engagingly played by Jane Wyman, amass evidence enough to convict the ruthless criminal. The gambler, played by Gilbert Roland, has achieved notoriety through many crimes, and his reign on the gambling ship has been unbroken—that is, until the reporter and his pretty blonde confederate get to work. One of the most exciting scenes is the one wherein Morris and Miss Wyman are about to be “taken for a ride.” The scene reaches a climax when a pursuing coast Gilbert Roland in Role Of Cold-Blooded Gambler Gilbert Roland is no longer a romantic actor, and he’s one of the happiest men in Hollywood. In “Gambling On The High Seas,” which opens at the Strand on Friday, he has the type of role he always wanted; Uh aero a, ruthless, cold blooded, gambling ship operator. This is the Mat 105—15c first time Gilbert Roland eaeh he played Armand to Norma Talmadge’s “Camille” that Gilbert Roland has been able to break away from a long series of great lover roles. During a recent interview, Roland claimed that screen lovemaking has about as much kick for him as a Martini cocktail without vermouth. Camera Sleuths! Jane Wyman and Wayne Morris use a camera to obtain evidence against a gang of crooked gamblers in Warner Bros. thrilling new film, “Gambling On The High Seas,” which opens Friday at the Strand. Mat 206—30c guard cutter comes to their rescue. Morella is finally captured, his reign of terror ends. Wayne Morris is convincing in the leading role and Jane Wyman is as attractive as her acting. Gilbert Roland sinks his teeth into the unsympathetic role of the gambling ezar and emerges with fine characterization, as does every member of the talented cast. “Gambling On The High Seas” was written by Robert E. Kent and directed by George Amy. Wayne Morris Realizes True Ambition in New Role Wayne Morris, versatile young star of the forthcoming Warner Bros. film, “Gambling On The High Seas,” which opens Friday at the Strand Theatre, combined business with pleasure while rehearsing for his role in the picture. Morris, who achieved fame following rugged, clean cut characterizations in “Kid Galahad.” ‘Submarine D-1,’’ and rbd RS r= eee Comes Back,” at one time fostered hopes of becoming a newspaperman, demon _ photographer, and public hero number one. These lofty ambitions were realized cinematically. For in “Gambling On The High Seas,” Wayne was called upon to play a crusading young reporter who does a great public service by photographing crooked gambling equipment. The young journalist secures these pictures with the aid of Jane Wyman, his pretty blonde confederate. Jane is secretary to a ruthless gambling czar, played by Gilbert Roland, and it is she who engineers the scoop for Morris, thereby amassing enough evidence to sentence the gambler to life imprisonment. The original idea for the film was conceived by Martin Mooney and written for the screen by Robert E. Kent. George Amy directed the production. Mat 106—15c Wayne Morris ‘Gambling On High Seas’ Exposes Fixed’ Machines “Gambling On The High Seas,” opening on Friday at the Strand, proves that mechanized gambling equipment can be “fixed” by crooked operators. Close-ups of actual equipment seized by federal officers were used. Such authentic properties heretofore have been unavailable to Hollywood _ studios. Roulette wheels had been secured from studio rental houses. These wheels and tables were on the up and up, for they were never put to any other purpose than appearing in a brief film sequence. Warner Bros., however, were quick to grasp the opportunity to expose the crooked equipment that had been used to bilk a gullible, thrill-seeking public, and the real devices were sgecured on bonded loan from federal and county authorities. Page Seven