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The House Always Wins/Tusitala (1955/1955)

Cast: Dick Powell, Jean Willes, Herb Vigran, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 53 min.

Double feature! THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS: Dick Powell stars as Willie Dante, a touch and suave owner of a nightclub with a back room used as an illegal casino. One evening, Willie sees an old flame with a man and another couple seated at a table. His old flame confides in Willie that the people she is with intends to rob the casino. Willie uses a battle of wits to protect his casino and keep his old flame from being arrested. TUSITALA: The true story of Robert Louis Stevenson's life on the island of Tahiti. The islanders revere him as Tusitala, the teller of tales. They believe he is magical and powerful. When two opposing chiefs plan war, Tusitala uses his wits to convince both chiefs to make peace and save the tranquility of the island.

GreenCine Member Reviews

The 'House' Is A Winner! by ZenBones April 20, 2005 - 10:45 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Those who have seen Dick Powell in his noirish roles like Philip Marlowe in "Murder My Sweet", will enjoy seeing him in top form in "The House Always Wins". The dialogue is very Raymond Chandleresque (crisp, witty and intelligent), and the supporting cast is choked full of wonderful classic character actors like Regis Toomey, Alan Mowbray, Jean Willes and... there's even a terrific cameo appearance by Jack Benny in his best tongue-in-cheek humor.
"Tusitala" is not in the same league, but it's still worth watching for David Niven. He plays Robert Louis Stevenson in his last years on the island of Samoa, trying to keep peace among the natives. These two programs are part of The Four Star Playhouse: the early days of television at its most subtle and inspiring. Powell and Niven were regulars on the series, as well as Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino. Also, it was a showcase for up and coming directors such as Robert Aldrich and Blake Edwards. I hope the rest of the series gets released on DVD, and that GC will carry 'em!

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