GenreComedy ProductionParamount Pictures WriterA. Rose, Jack Rose LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 25, 1962 (1962-12-25) CastDean Martin (Steve Flood), Lana Turner (Melanie Flood), Eddie Albert (Clint Morgan), Walter Matthau (Tony Gagouts), Nita Talbot (Saturday Knight), Margo (Roza) Similar moviesSaratoga, Double Dynamite, Miss Grant Takes Richmond, Jagged Edge, Vig, 711 Ocean Drive
TaglineThe most riotous bedtime story in years!
Novelist Melanie Flood (Lana Turner), suspicious that her preoccupied husband, Steve (Dean Martin), is fooling around, does some digging and finds that hes been betting on horses and losing. Concocting a clever plan to cure her spouse of his habit, she sweet-talks Steves business associate, Clint (Eddie Albert), into helping her pose as Steves anonymous bookie. Convinced that she will save the money he loses at the track, Melanie finds herself in hot water when Steve starts winning.
Whos Got the Action? (1962) is a comedy film about a man suffering from an addiction to gambling starring Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Eddie Albert, and Walter Matthau. The film was written by Alexander Rose and Jack Rose, and directed by Daniel Mann.
A lawyer begins to win after his wife secretly becomes his bookie to save their money.
The gambling habit of lawyer Steve Flood (Dean Martin) is beginning to get on the nerves of his wife Melanie (Lana Turner), who initially suspects him of marital infidelity. When she learns about the gambling, Melanie talks Steves law partner Clint Morgan (Eddie Albert), an old flame, into helping her act as a fictitious horse race bookie offering unusually attractive terms to clients.
The plan is for Steve to lose enough money to permanently rid him of the betting habit, but it goes awry when he suddenly begins winning bets on a number of long-shot horses. Floodâ€™s winning streak attracts the attention of two horse-playing judges, Boatwright (Paul Ford) and Fogel (John McGiver), who persuade Flood to place bets for them with his mysterious â€œbookie.â€� Melanie and Morgan are astounded when the judges begin winning large wagers as well.
The make-believe bookmaking activity arouses the ire of syndicate mobster Tony Gagoots (Walter Matthau), who is furious to know whoâ€™s â€œgetting the action.â€� Gagootsâ€™s mistress, a nightclub singer named Saturday Knight (Nita Talbot), happens to be the Floodsâ€™ next-door neighbor, and assists Melanie in raising cash for the gambling payoffs by purchasing various furnishings from the Floodsâ€™ apartment (using Gagootsâ€™ ill-gotten money).
The source of the mysterious â€œbookmakingâ€� is traced to the Floodsâ€™ apartment by Gagoots through an illegal telephone wiretap. He and a team of thugs descend upon the apartment, where they are surprised to find all the defecting gamblers assembled. They are thunderstruck when a coercive interrogation reveals that Melanie Flood is the â€œbookieâ€� they have been seeking.
Steve Flood ultimately convinces Gagoots to forgive all of their gambling debts by arguing that only by marrying his mistress Saturday can he avoid the risk of incriminating testimony. In one stroke this fulfills Saturdayâ€™s long-sought goal, saves the Floodsâ€™ marriage, insulates Gagoots from future prosecution and clears Melanieâ€™s $18,000 gambling payoff burden.