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The Lady Gambles (1949)

A desperate husband tries to find help for his wife suffering from addictive gambling.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Horace Corrigan
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Ruth Phillips
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Dr. Rojac
Elliott Sullivan ...
Barky
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Frenchy
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Chuck (as Phil Van Zandt)
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Tony
Curt Conway ...
Bank Clerk
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Pawnbroker
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Mr. Dennis Sutherland
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Mrs. Dennis Sutherland
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Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
Peter Leeds ...
Jack Harrison - Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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18 July 1949 (UK)  »

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Spielfieber  »

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1.37 : 1
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Lux Video theater did an adaptation of the story in 1955 with Martha Hyer, Lyle Bettger, 'Anthony Caruso', and Barbara Pepper in the four principle roles. See more »

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Reflected in the bus window that Joan is on. See more »

Quotes

David Boothe: Have you ever been in Las Vegas?
Dr. Rojac: Where?
David Boothe: Right in the middle of the Nevada desert you bump into a cockeyed oasis. It's a wide-open, 24-hour-a- day carnival that lives off three things - quick marriages, quick divorces, quick money, won and lost. $3 billion changed hands across the gambling table in Nevada last year, 3 billion. Those are the state's official figures and why not? Everybody likes to gamble. It's fun for most people, but for some people, it's a trap. It grabs down deep and won't let...
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Barbara Stanwyck was very versatile
13 August 2001 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

It is very evident that Barbara Stanwyck was able to adapt to any sort of role or character in each of her pictures. In this one, she plays a businessman's wife who becomes addicted to gambling after a trip to Las Vegas. This isn't a bad character study, and probably one of the earliest ones dealing with this sort of obsession. It is also interesting to see how the Vegas strip looked in over 50 years ago. A young, unknown Tony Curtis has a cameo as a bell boy.


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