Review: ‘The Jackpot’

One basic gag situation is extended through the entire footage of The Jackpot but it doesn't seem overworked.

One basic gag situation is extended through the entire footage of The Jackpot but it doesn’t seem overworked.

James Stewart is the pivotal character and handles the spot with amusing bewilderment. His frenzied attempts to sell his prizes won in a radio giveaway show, to meet the internal revenue demands (particularly the situation wherein he’s peddling a wristwatch in a bookmaker’s betting room when the cops pull a raid), make for clever laugh material. Barbara Hale meets all requirements as Stewart’s wife, and there’s competent support from all others.

The Jackpot

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Walter Lang; Producer Sam Engel; Screenplay Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron; Camera Joseph La Shelle; Editor J. Watson Webb; Music Lionel Newman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

James Stewart Barbara Hale Natalie Wood James Gleason Patricia Medina Alan Mowbray

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