Lucky Nick Cain (1951) Movie Review

Lucky Nick Cain (1951)   3/53/53/53/53/5

George Raft and Coleen Gray in Lucky Nick Cain (1951) (aka: I'll Get You for This)

Another Stiff Raft

Nick Cain's (George Raft) notoriety for being a lucky gambler precedes him, but even he is surprised by the red carpet treatment he receives from a casino owner when he arrives in the Mediterranean town of San Paola. But Nick being an amiable chap goes along with it and finds himself not only befriending Toni (Enzo Staiola), a shoe-shine boy, but also Kay Wonderly (Coleen Gray) a woman gambler who finds herself owing the casino and so ending up working for the owner. But then Nick discovers what is going on as he and Kay end up going on the run after he is framed for the murder of a U.S. Treasury Agent. Having headed to a remote village the question is not only why did they chose Nick but who can he trust?

I've watched a few George Raft movies and I reckon he delivered the same stiff performance in at least three quarters of them and it is the same performance which he delivers in "Lucky Nick Cain", which is also known as "I'll Get You for This". The thing is about George Raft delivering his standard and frankly stiff performance is that whilst it is okay for about the first 10 to 15 minutes it then starts to rapidly become tedious and uninteresting. And sadly when your leading man starts to bore you with his performance the rest of the movie is going to suffer.

That is certainly the case with "Lucky Nick Cain" as whilst the opening scenes which sees Nick meet both Toni, the smart orphan shoe shine boy, and also Kay you end up not interested bi Nick discovering what is going on and why he has been framed. It doesn't help matters that whilst the director tries to deliver romantic scenes and also moments of tension as well as danger it all seems as typical as Raft's stiff acting. In truth the actual pay off to the actual story isn't that great anyway and the storyline to "Lucky Nick Cain" is only average at best.

What this all boils down to is that "Lucky Nick Cain" is just a middle of the road thriller featuring an extremely typical, and by the I mean stiff, performance from George Raft which doesn't really help matters.