711 Ocean Drive

Synopsis: A telephone repairman in Los Angeles uses his knowledge of electronics to help a bookie set up a betting operation. When the bookie is murdered, the greedy technician takes over his business. He ruthlessly climbs his way to the top of the local crime syndicate, but then gangsters from a big East Coast mob show up wanting a piece of his action.
Director(s): Joseph M. Newman
Production: Columbia Pictures Corporation
102 min


We'll be at the airport

in about twenty minutes.

That'll put us in Las Vegas about 2:30.

We're going after Granger,

aren't we, lieutenant?

That's right.

What's the charge?


What happens to a guy

like Granger?

I don't know.

Too much ambition maybe.

Too many brains working

in the wrong direction.

Or maybe it's glandular.

Step on it. We're late.

Carter wanted to talk.

But what could I tell him

about the real Mal Granger?

And I knew him better than most.

He was in the racing wire

service racket.

But he started out

just like anybody else.

He wasn't a criminal.

He was just a guy working

for the telephone company.

I just wish I could lay my hands on

Don Ameche for a while.

I'd teach him to invent the telephone.

I've always had a secret desire

to cross up some of these wires.

Get all the wrong people

talking to each other.

Might be interesting at that.

Oh, lady, lady.

What are you so quiet about?

Bessie's sick again.

Every time we get almost caught up,

one of the kids gets sick.


I don't see how you do it.

Take care of a wife and a couple of kids

on our dough.

I can't even handle myself

on that chicken feed.

It's tough, Mal.

If it wasn't for a couple of bets

now and then, I'd never make it.


There's twenty bucks that's not working.

No thanks, Mal. If I need it at the end

of the week, I'll let you know.

By the end of the week I may not

have it. You better take it now.

Gee, thanks, Mal.

Tessie's gonna love you for this.

Yeah? My bookie's gonna hate me.

See you at lunch.


Forget about those daily doubles, bud.


Say, how about mine?

-Hello, Bill.

Six forty and twelve thirty.

Eighteen seventy I owe you.

Well, finally.

Stick with me, kid, you get nothing

but winners.

Ah, that was yesterday.

Hi Jack.

-Hi Chippie. 22.

Ought to start breaking for you soon.

A guy can't play tough luck all the time

I'll believe it when you

begin to pay off.

It'll be a pleasure. Here.

Scratch sheet on the house.

Something in there might really pay off.

Hi Chippie.

-Hi Mal.

How's the banking business?


All right, how much do I owe you?

And slug me gently, will you?

Forty even.

You ought to start playing

some chalk horses.

Too many of those long shots run out.

I don't get any bang out of those

even money payoffs.

For me, it's boxcars or nothing.

'Course this week it's nothing.

But, if you can carry me

till Saturday, little man.

Sure, Mal, anytime.

You know me, Chippie.

I don't see why a guy like you

should always be broke.

Why, if I had your...


How about having a cup of coffee

with me?

Well, you're buying I hope.


-All right.

Two coffees.


Say uh...

You wouldn't want to carry me

for another five, would you?

I like Big Day in the sixth at Aubrey.

Big Day?


10 to 1, huh?


It ain't the money, Mal, it's just that

he don't look so good.

All I can lose is five bucks

and if it wins, I break even.

How about it, Chippie?

Five straight on Big Day.

You know the only good thing

about putting bets on these?

I don't get indigestion swallowing them

every time a cop walks in.

You know, kid, if I were you,

I'd lay off the races.

That's the sucker's end of the racket.

All right, so maybe I'm losing

a customer.

But you're the kind of guy that's always

on the prowl for a fast buck.

And you're not going to make it

off the ponies.

How do you know? I might hit a streak.

Other guys have.

You're still taking the odds, Mal.

You ought to be able to turn a buck on

the side if you really need money.

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Richard English

Richard Ludlow English, (born 1963) is a historian from Northern Ireland. He was born in Belfast. His father, Donald English (1930–1998) was a prominent Methodist preacher. He studied as an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford, and subsequently at Keele University, where he was awarded a PhD in History. He was first employed by the Politics Department at Queen's University Belfast in 1990 and became a professor in 1999. He briefly left Queen's University Belfast for the University of St Andrews, but returned as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement in 2016. more…

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