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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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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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18 July 1949 (UK)  »

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The scene where Corrigan (Steven McNally) tells the girls "No-one uses my first name....because it's Horace" could well have been an in-joke as Steven McNally's birth name was Horace Vincent McNally. See more »

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

Quotes

Joan Phillips Boothe: May I come in?
Barky: Ask a foolish question, and you get a foolish answer.
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She certainly does
19 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Robert Preston (David) tracks down his wife Barbara Stanwyck (Joan) in hospital after she has been beaten up. He pleas with John Hoyt (Dr Rojac) to let her go home with him after she has been treated rather than hand her over to the police where she has several outstanding charges. In flashback, we watch the story of her descent into gambling addiction after a visit to Las Vegas.

The film is interesting to watch for the location settings. I actually bought it specifically for the Las Vegas setting as it is where I got married earlier this year and I wanted to make a comparison with 1949. The story was incidental. As it turns out, the story is OK if predictable. Stanwyck carries the film with good support from gangster Stephen McNally (Mr Corrigan). Robert Preston changes his tune during the course of the film as he swings from rejecting her to accepting her while the role of Stanwyck's sister Edith Barrett (Ruth) is pretty annoying and some sentimental pop psychology is dragged into the proceedings.

I'm sure that the inspiration behind the Las Vegas section of the film was Bugsy Siegel and his Flamingo Hotel which paved the way for the notoriety of the Strip. The main body of the film is set in the Pelican Hotel (a bit similar?) and McNally has an interest in a horse racing scam just as Bugsy did.

The film ends in a disappointingly corny way after a funny moment when John Hoyt shows us what to say to someone when they are about to jump off a window ledge. I dare you to try it some day! As for the film's climax, we have to hopefully imagine that everything will go downhill again once they return to Vegas and hit the casinos.


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