Devil's Lottery


1h 18m 1932

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 27, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Devil's Lottery by Nalbro Bartley (New York, 1931).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,640ft

Synopsis

After his horse, King Midas, wins the English Derby, newspaper magnate Lord Litchfield invites the winners of the corresponding Calcutta Sweepstakes to his estate in Devonshire to see how the winnings will change their lives. Arriving for the weekend are Evelyn Beresford, whose scandalous past is the object of gossip; American Stephen Alden with his fiancée, Joan Mather, an art student who encourages Stephen to continue his plans to study archeology at Oxford despite the second thoughts he voices now that he has won; Mrs. Mary Ann Meech, a lower-class working woman who becomes miserly and refuses to give her son Jim, a former boxer, any of her winnings; and Captain Geoffrey Maitland, who has been confined to a hospital since being paralyzed by shrapnel in World War I. Maitland recognizes Evelyn as the last woman with whom he danced before the war and tells her that if she loved him he could overcome his paralysis and put his arm around her. Evelyn, however, has become enamored of Stephen. Although Stephen is excited by the chance for adventure that a romance with her represents to him, she encourages him not to break with Joan. Major Hugo Beresford, Evelyn's lover and supposed husband, whom Litchfield recognizes as a card cheat, arrives and tries to blackmail Evelyn. After Beresford wins £600 from Jim by cheating at poker, Jim breaks into his mother's room at night to steal her money. Mrs. Meech screams and retreats to her closet where she is later found to have died of shock or suffocation. Joan leaves Stephen and Evelyn accepts his invitation to meet on the Riviera. However, after Jim, who has learned of Beresford's cheating, kills him, Stephen, who threatened Beresford when he earlier struggled with Evelyn, is arrested. Maitland, who had a stroke after witnessing Jim enter Beresford's window, cannot speak to absolve Stephen until Evelyn looks tenderly into his eyes and touches his hand. He is then able to write "No" in answer to the question of Stephen's guilt. Stephen, disillusioned because of Evelyn's contrived confession of her many past affairs, leaves for Oxford with Joan, who returned when she read about his arrest. Evelyn refuses Lord Litchfield's invitation to take a cruise on his yacht and stays with Maitland, who now can reach his hand to her.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 27, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Devil's Lottery by Nalbro Bartley (New York, 1931).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,640ft

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Notes

Production was originally scheduled to begin on October 5, 1931. Fox trade paper advertising billing sheets incorrectly list November 27, 1932 as the release date of this film.