Genre Guesstimation – Bob the Gambler (1956)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French Film Noir…..

“Locks are like pretty ladies. You need to practise to know them.” – Roger

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck gambler sets in motion a plan t rob a casino of millions.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that this month’s genre is not one that I usually am drawn to.

This made things a bit more difficult to find films to watch, but in my constant journey to expand my film knowledge into realms that I am less familiar and comfortable with, I was able to find some very interesting movies to watch for this series.

This is another film for this series that I had never heard of before trying to find films in this genre to watch.

They do a great job of keeping things moving along at a nice pace while still having a fun and suspenseful tone.

The story plays out really well and that adds so much to the enjoyment of things.

The film develops the main character quite rapidly at the beginning and that helps allow the viewer to sympathize and root for him despite the fact that he had strong criminal tendencies.

The story has a very intriguing chain of events that works in a realistic fashion and that enhances things so much.

The twists and turns in the story also help keep the viewer on edge because one never really knows what will happen down the line as things are slowly revealed.

Bottom Line – Fun heist film that works due to the way that the story plays out. Thy easily are able to develop the main character and despite his criminal tendencies, we can sympathize and even root for him. The chain of events play out really well and all come together in a realistic fashion which helps make things more interesting to watch. The film has some twists and turns that help make things even more entertaining to watch because you never quite know what will happen along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jean-Pierre Melville auditioned Alain Delon for the character of Paulo. He rejected him for fear he would steal the show. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close. Great heist film with some nice twists along the way.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Bob the Gambler (1956)

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