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The Lady Gambles (1949)

 -  Drama | Film-Noir  -  18 July 1949 (UK)
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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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Joan Boothe
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David Boothe
Stephen McNally ...
Horace Corrigan
Edith Barrett ...
Ruth Phillips
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Dr. Rojac
Elliott Sullivan ...
Barky
John Harmon ...
Frenchy
Philip Van Zandt ...
Chuck (as Phil Van Zandt)
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Tony
Curt Conway ...
Bank Clerk
Houseley Stevenson ...
Pawnbroker
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Mr. Dennis Sutherland
Nana Bryant ...
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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gambling | casino | clip joint | b girl | guilt | See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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18 July 1949 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Hours before Howard Unruh went on a shooting rampage that eventually killed 13 people, he told police interrogators he planned his crime while watching the double feature "The Lady Gambles/"I Cheated the Law" three times in a Philadelphia theater. He claimed Barbara Stanwyck's character reminded him of one of his intended victims. The horrendous crime took place in Camden, N.J. 6 September 1949. See more »

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

Quotes

David Boothe: [to Joan standing atop the Hoover Dam] They tell me there's never been a single suicide off here, yet back in Chicago they drop off those high buildings like flies.
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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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