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lulu  This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of reviews, articles and other published material related to the 1937 film King of Gamblers. In the United States, this film was sometimes referred to as Czar of the Slot Machines. This American film includes Louise Brooks in the role of Joyce Beaton, though her part was cut before the film was released. Around the world, this film was exhibited or written about under other titles including Král hazardních hrácu (Czechoslovakia); Storbyens sjakaler (Denmark); L'homme qui terrorisait New York (France); and Król graczy (Poland).

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this bibliography is to be as comprehensive as possible; most citations represent a substantial review or article. Shorter, capsule reviews - usually a paragraph or two in length - are so noted. Entries are arranged chronologically. Critical commentary regarding Brooks, or the film as a whole (excerpted from the material cited), are offered as annotations. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . If you would like to help find vintage newspaper reviews, please follow this link. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in June 2007.

King of Gamblers
released May 3, 1937

anonymous. "Back Again." Amarillo Globe, April 4, 1937. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks and Evelyn Brent, both stars of silent days, have been assigned roles in Robert Florey's current directorial assignment Paramount's King of Gamblers." - brief article in Amarillo, Texas newspaper

author unknown. Daily Variety, April 13, 1937. (United States)
--- " . . . . a little more sophisticated than usual."

author unknown. Hollywood Reporter, April 13, 1937. (United States)
--- "This is an excellent crime melodrama on the program level that, without departing radically from established plot elements, progresses by so much fresh and believable episode and builds for such high suspense that it will win general approval."

anonymous. "Reviews of the New Films." Film Daily, April 16, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "This is a strong melodrama that holds the interest from the start."

M., G. "Showman's Reviews." Motion Picture Herald, April 16, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in trade journal

author unknown. Box Office, April 24, 1937. (United States)
--- "Given the benefit of superior production, this film is meaty but highly entertaining fare."

B., J. A. "The Crimson Moviegoer." The Crimson, April 27, 1937. (United States) *
--- short review in Harvard University student newspaper

author unknown. Hollywood Spectator, April 24, 1937. (United States)

author unknown. "Showman Review." Motion Picture Herald, April 24, 1937. (United States)
--- pages 38, 43

author unknown. National Legion of Decency, April 29, 1937. (United States)

author unknown. Motion Picture Review, May, 1937. (United States)
--- "Such a picture as this has no constructive social value."

anonymous. "Monitor Movie Guide." Christian Science Monitor, May 1, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "Sociological aspects of the theme are quite overshadowed by melodramatics which may prove too violent for the more sensitive."

author unknown. Philadelphia Exhibitor, May 1, 1937. (United States)
--- "Above average racketeer story, this is packed with fast action, suspense."

anonymous. "King of Gamblers. Paramount." Leading Motion Pictures, May 1, 1937. (United States) *
--- --- capsule review; " . . . a tense melodrama." - publication of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America

East Coast Preview Committee. "King of Gamblers (Paramount)." Selected Motion Pictures, May 1, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "The plot presents several new angles as well as an expose of the racket and clearly shows that crime does not pay. It is capably acted and directed." - publication of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America

Southern California Council of Federated Church Women. Fox West Coast Bulletin, May 8, 1937. (United States)
--- "Not wholesome. Waste of time."

Wales, Clarke. "King of Gamblers." Sacramento Union, May 9, 1937. (United States) *
--- reviewed in the Screen & Radio Weekly section; "Entertaining melodrama with an unusual performance for this class of picture." - Sacramento, California newspaper

Frink, Marion. "Slot Machine Racket Bared in Apollo Film." Chicago Herald and Examiner, May 12, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Tinee, Mae. "Slot Machine Racket Bared in This Movie." Chicago Tribune, May 13, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

Harrison, P. S. "King of Gamblers with Akim Tamiroff, Claire Trevor and Lloyd Nolan." Harrison's Reports, May 15, 1937. (United States) *
--- short review in trade publication; "A fair but somewhat sordid gangster melodrama."

anonymous. "Sigma Offers Fast Action Film Sunday." Lima News, May 16, 1937. (United States) *
--- article in Lima, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "The New Films." Christian Century, May 19, 1937. (United States) *
--- "Well done racketeer thriller."

anonymous. "King of Gamblers Exciting Film On Screen At Allyn." Hartford Courant, May 21, 1937. (United States)
--- "Three personalities who until a short time ago were among the obscurities of filmdom but are now definitely headed for the peaks of stardom, appear in the principal roles in King of Gamblers, the exciting, at times startling and occasionally almost too brutally realistic. . . ." - article in Hartford, Conneticut newspaper

anonymous. "King of Gamblers Exciting Film On Screen At Allyn." Hartford Courant, May 21, 1937. (United States)
--- "Three personalities who until a short time ago were among the obscurities of filmdom but are now definitely headed for the peaks of stardom, appear in the principal roles in King of Gamblers, the exciting, at times startling and occasionally almost too brutally realistic. . . ." - article in Hartford, Conneticut newspaper

T., J. B. "Slot Machine Racket Makes Exciting Film." Hartford Daily Times, May 21, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Hartford, Conneticut newspaper

author unknown. National Council of Jewish Women, May 25, 1937. (United States)
--- "Excellent direction of a well chosen cast adds materially to this interesting expose of 'slot machine' racketeers."

Scheuer, Philip K. "Two Theaters Project Melodrama and Romance." Los Angeles Times, May 27, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Best Performances in Current Pictures." Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1937. (United States) *
--- short write-up praising Lloyd Nolan and cast in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Family Movie Guide." Parents Magazine, June, 1937. (United States)
--- capsule review

author unknown. Kine Weekly, June 3, 1937. (England)

anonymous. "King of Gamblers Coming to Texas." San Antonio Light, June 6, 1937 (United States) *
--- article in San Antonio, Texas newspaper

anonymous. "New Films In London." London Times, June 7, 1937. (England) *
--- review in London, England newspaper

L., J. A. "Akim Tamiroff and His Sinister Work at Melba." Dallas Morning News, June 22, 1937. (United States) *
--- article in Dallas, Texas newspaper

anonymous. "Slot Machine Racket Bared at Orpheum." Oakland Tribune, June 23, 1937. (United States) *
--- short article; Oakland, California newspaper

"Two Resume Screen Careers." Los Angeles Times, June 24, 1937. (United States) *
--- caption photo of Brooks and Evelyn Brent, noteing that they are appearing in King of Gamblers

Cinemaid. "Singing Marine, Tune Potpourri - Dick Powell." San Francisco Call Bulletin, June 25, 1937. (United States) *
--- brief mention - King of Gamblers is second film on bill; " . . . much more entertaining than the usual gangster film." - San Francisco, California newspaper

Hobart, John. "Musical and Underworld Story Bow." San Francisco Chronicle, June 25, 1937. (United States) *
--- brief mention; " . . . an excellent crime melodrama." - San Francisco, California newspaper

Letts, Bob. "Powell's Songs, Hugh Herbert Headline Fox." San Francisco News, June 25, 1937. (United States) *
--- brief mention; " . . . a gangster picture, on a slightly different footing." - San Francisco, California newspaper

P., E. "King of Gamblers." Monthly Film Bulletin, June 30, 1937. (England) *
--- short review; "The acting is on a high level."

anonymous. "Tip-Offs on the Talkies." Motion Picture, July, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "An excellent crime melodrama . . . . It is brutal and sordid, but convicingly real."

anonymous. "King of Gamblers - Paramount." Photoplay, July, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review

C(risler), B. R. "At the Criterion." New York Times, July 3, 1937. (United States)
--- "Unscrupulous editing and the conscienceless substitution of camera angles and mechanical dissolves for ideas and genuine suspense have made a superficially presentable melodrama out of King of Gamblers at the Criterion." - New York City newspaper

Gilbert, Douglas. "Thrillers at Roxy, Criterion." New York World-Telegram, July 3, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

Hale, Wanda. "Roxy's Holiday Show Startling Adventure." New York Daily News, July 3, 1937. (United States) *
--- " . . . a grim, yet satisfactory cinematic account of the machinations of slot machine racketeers." - New York City newspaper

Soanes, Wood. "Musical and Crusade at Fox Oakland." Oakland, Tribune, July 3, 1937. (United States) *
--- short review in Oakland, California newspaper

Tazelaar, Marguerite. "On the Screen." New York Herald Tribune, July 3, 1937. (United States) *
--- " . . . imaginative direction and good acting makes it a picturesque melodrama." - New York City newspaper

Thirer, Irene. "King of Gamblers Drama of Rackets at Criterion." New York Post, July 3, 1937. (United States) *
--- "Criterion goers are clutching their chairs these days, because this is probably the most blood-thirsty picture in several seasons." - New York City newspaper

Mishkin, Leo. "Screen Presents." Morning Telegraph, July 4, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

Gaynor, Edward. "Tamiroff Displays Ability in King of Gamblers." Daily Worker, July 5, 1937. (United States) *
--- Brooks is listed as a member of the cast in review in New York City-based Communist newspaper

Cassal, Gould. "The Screen." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 6, 1937. (United States) *
--- Brooks is listed as a member of the cast in review in Brooklyn, New York newspaper

Scho. "King of Gamblers." Variety, July 7, 1937. (United States)
--- "This meller is of the old gangster school of pix, but well enough done to rate okay in the smaller spots solo."

anonymous. "King of Gamblers to be Shown Here." Appleton Post Crescent, July 10, 1937. (United States) *
--- article in Appleton, Wisconsin newspaper

author unknown. Ohio State Journal, July 10, 1937. (United States)
--- article in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

Lusk, Nobert. "Unheralded Film Lauded by Broadways." Los Angeles Times, July 10, 1937. (United States) *
--- "An unpretentious picture that tops in interest and appeal those which arrive on Broadway with benefit of ballyhoo." - article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

M'Combs, R. L. F. "Majestic's King of Gamblers Is Entertaining." Columbus Citizen, July 10, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

Nickels, Tom. "Death Ends Life Of Gambler In Crime Picture." Columbus Dispatch, July 10, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Also Showing." Time, July 12, 1937. (United States) *
--- capsule review

Zolotow, Maurice. "King of Gamblers." Billboard, July 17, 1937. (United States)
--- capsule review; " . . . just another filler-in for the neighborhood duos."

anonymous. "A Brisk Drama Of Gamesters Clicks at Met." Washington Post, July 31, 1937. (United States) *
--- "The cold chills and icy thrills of King of Gamblers make the Metropolitan air-conditioning quite superfluous. If you are one for hard-boiled homicides mixed in with your entertainment, this show will give you a good time and a half." - review in Washington D.C. newspaper

anonymous. "Gamblers At The Met." Washington Times, July 31, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Washington, D.C. newspaper

M., H. "Melodrama Is Keynote Of Met Film." Washington Evening Star, July 31, 1937. (United States) *
--- review in Washington, D.C. newspaper

author unknown. "King of Gamblers, by Thayer, Racket Expose, Is at the Capitol." Atlanta Constitution, August 1, 1937. (United States)
--- "Tiffany Thayer, one of America's outstanding writers on crime and rackets, comes through with another winner in King of Gamblers, a during story of the slot machine racket as it exists in many cities, which opens a week's engagement at the Capitol theater...." - review in Atlanta, Georgia newspaper

S., W. "Claire Trevor Starred In King of Gamblers." Atlanta Constitution, August 2, 1937. (United States)
--- article in Atlanta, Georgia newspaper

Fred, Slyvia. "Adventure Film Centers Around Slot Machines." Dayton Journal, August 21, 1937. (United States) *
--- brief review in Dayton, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Film of the Week." The Scotsman, September 14, 1937. (Scotland) *
--- review in Edinburgh, Scotland newspaper

anonymous. "The Monotony of Hollywood." Irish Times, November 30, 1937. (Ireland) *
--- "There are several old favourites of the screen in the cast of an unpretentious, but amusing, film." - short write-up in article in Dublin, newspaper

anonymous. "King of Gamblers Due at T & D." Oakland, Tribune, December 16, 1937. (United States) *
--- article on second run screening in Oakland, California newspaper

Graham, Sheila. "From Trailers to Teasers on the Screen." Dallas Morning News, February 6, 1938. (United States) *
--- comments on the trailor of the film in syndicated column in Dallas, Texas newspaper

Taves, Brian. Robert Florey: The French Expressionist. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1987. *
--- a two page section and a handful of references to the film

Erickson, Hal. "King of Gamblers." All Movie Guide, circa 2000. (United States) *
--- capsule review on film website; "Though only a "B" picture, King of Gamblers was given "A" treatment by director Robert Florey."

anonymous. "King of Gamblers." TV Guide Online, circa 2001. (United States) *
--- capsule review on entertainment website; "Buried in the hefty cast is silent screen beauty Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box, 1929), who had to endure just one more Poverty Row western before retiring from films in 1938."


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