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 overview, first billed only:
Stephen McNally ...
Horace Corrigan
Edith Barrett ...
Ruth Phillips
Dr. Rojac
Elliott Sullivan ...
John Harmon ...
Philip Van Zandt ...
Chuck (as Phil Van Zandt)
Curt Conway ...
Bank Clerk
Houseley Stevenson ...
Mr. Dennis Sutherland
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Dennis Sutherland
Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
Peter Leeds ...
Jack Harrison - Hotel Clerk


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 <>

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18 July 1949 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Spielfieber  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Horace Corrigan: Go to bed, Mrs. Boothe. If you have to have bad dreams, have them there. They do less damage.
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this was like a horror story to watch
18 August 2002 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

The first half of this depressing look at the addiction of gambling gave me the willies. The insidious descent of Stanwyck's character from placid, guilt-ridden housewife (who may have once had a career) into a card-playing, dice rolling junkie is too painful to watch. But I did.

The second half, especially the feeble attempt to recover, only to fall off the wagon, was predictable. Stanwyck is usually a powerhouse of an actress and would have been better served with a less smarmy ending. Still, the scenes of Vegas were enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to put this on a double bill with Reefer Madness. Through the windows of time, one cannot help to jump to the conclusion that they have some similarities. Other addiction movies, e.g. The Lost Weekend, warm the heart as well. There should be an addictions film festival. There probably is, right?

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