Any Number Can Play (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Any Number Can Play1949

Any Number Can Play (1949)




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In this light drama, Clark Gable once again played his stock-in-trade role of a rogue with a heart of gold. Charlie King (Gable) runs a casino, but, in a business that thrives among the unscrupulous, Charlie takes pride in running an honest game and treating his customers with fairness and respect. However, Charlie's wife Lon (Alexis Smith) doesn't care if he runs a fair game -- she regards gambling as a dirty and corrupt business, and no matter how honest Charlie may be, he's still involved in a wicked activity. Charlie's son Paul (Darryl Hickman) is also against him; when Paul gets in trouble and Charlie bails him out of jail, he refuses to leave with him, instead going home with mother. Charlie invites Paul to see what his casino is like, and Lon agrees that Paul should know just what his father does.

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Clark Gable
as Charley Enley Kyng
Alexis Smith
as Lon Kyng
Wendell Corey
as Robbin Elcott
Audrey Totter
as Alice Elcott
Frank Morgan
as Jim Kurstyn
Lewis Stone
as Ben Gavery Snelerr
Marjorie Rambeau
as Sarah Calbern
Leon Ames
as Dr. Palmer
Mickey Knox
as Pete Senta
Richard Rober
as Lew `Angle' Debretti
William Conrad
as Frank Sistina
Darryl Hickman
as Paul Enley Kyng
Dorothy Comingore
as Mrs. Purcell
Art Baker
as Mr. Reardon
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Critic Reviews for Any Number Can Play

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

In attempting to sketch a portrait of a bigtime casino operator, screenwriter Richard Brooks has jammed the yarn with too many subordinate characterizations which fly off at a tangent.

July 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Everything gets jumbled in a mishmashy script that never knows where it's going.

July 25, 2019 | Full Review…

A competently acted and interesting entertainment but no great revelation.

October 31, 2006 | Full Review…

[I] still cannot understand why this is supposed to be a Metro feature film.

April 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Clark Gable could have played in his sleep his part in this verbose Mervyn LeRoy's family melodrama, set almost entirely within a casino.

September 22, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Stilted and unrealistic, this Gable vehicle is still arresting because of LeRoy's terse, professional direction and the star's commanding performance, although Corey and Smith give anemic efforts.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Any Number Can Play


One of the King's indifferent postwar vehicles isn't terrible but nothing special at least he has a strong leading lady in Alexis Smith.

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