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Grand Slam (1933)

Because the Stanislavsky method of playing bridge has no rules, it promotes marital harmony for those who stick with it.

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Peter Stanislavsky
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Marcia Stanislavsky
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Philip 'Speed' McCann
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Blondie
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Lola Starr
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Cedric Van Dorn
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After waiter and would-be novelist Peter Stanislavsky marries Marcia, he learns to play bridge to satisfy his wife, despite feeling that it is a childish game. Her friends all play the game avidly, but argue often about the proper play. He's called one evening to serve as a waiter at a bridge party given by Lola Starr, but is asked to be a fourth for one of the bridge tables, where eminent bridge expert Cedric Van Dorn is seated. Peter trounces the expert, and when asked what method he uses to play, he jokingly says the "Stanislavsky method," which has no rules of bidding or play. It makes headlines; Speed McCann ghostwrites a best-selling book for him; a national tour is set up with Marcia as his partner; and his method sweeps the country. But slowly Peter begins to question Marcia's play, leading to arguments because it is a violation of the only rule in his system. And when he gives private lessons to Lola, Marcia leaves him thinking there is something between them. With his ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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18 March 1933 (USA)  »

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$164,000 (estimated)
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Cedric Van Dorn: You're just a faker, the world knows it.
Peter Stanislavsky: And what would you call yourself?
Cedric Van Dorn: Haven't you read my book?
Peter Stanislavsky: No, thanks. I have my own.
Cedric Van Dorn: Yours was written by Speed McCann.
Peter Stanislavsky: So was yours.
Cedric Van Dorn: But you were only a waiter.
Peter Stanislavsky: And you were only the Cherokee Indian that went around with the traveling medicine salesman.
Cedric Van Dorn: Yes sir. But, I ultimately became promoted to salesman.
Peter Stanislavsky: Well, if you ask me, being a bridge expert is a step down from being a fake Cherokee Indian.
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Opening credits begin with bridge being played in the background. Then, close ups of cards are shown with a picture of one of the actor, his name, and the role he plays in the movie. See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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Money, publishing, love & scams - in the world of Contract Bridge
4 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is the only full length feature film about the world of bridge. I found the first 10 minutes a bit slow, but after that, the movie is absolutely perfect in describing professional bridge players and how they go about earning a living.

Some of the scenes are very funny. I don't think that a non-bridge player would get the charm of this movie.

Some of the dresses are really beautiful, pity the movie is in black and white - I can only imagine what they would look like in color. The way the media are portrayed is absolutely hilarious. There is no way on earth bridge will ever be like that.

Watch it as soon as you can, and tell your friends about it.


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