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Writers:
Roy Huggins (screenplay)
Halsted Welles (adaptation)
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Release Date:
18 July 1949 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A desperate husband tries to find help for his wife suffering from addictive gambling. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tony Curtis: a true Hollywood star
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Cast

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Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Boothe

Robert Preston ... David Boothe
Stephen McNally ... Horace Corrigan
Edith Barrett ... Ruth Phillips

John Hoyt ... Dr. Rojac
Elliott Sullivan ... Barky
John Harmon ... Frenchy
Philip Van Zandt ... Chuck (as Phil Van Zandt)

Leif Erickson ... Tony
Curt Conway ... Bank Clerk
Houseley Stevenson ... Pawnbroker

Don Beddoe ... Mr. Dennis Sutherland
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Dennis Sutherland

Tony Curtis ... Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
Peter Leeds ... Jack Harrison - Hotel Clerk
Frank Moran ... Murphy
Esther Howard ... Gross Lady
John Indrisano ... Bert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Anthony ... Dealer (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Woman at Slot Machine (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Croupier (uncredited)
Al Bayne ... Dice Shooter (uncredited)
Willie Bloom ... Doorman (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... MacIlwaine, Poker Player (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Clerk (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Johnny - Jockey (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Joe - Gambler (uncredited)
Kenneth Cutler ... Clerk (uncredited)
Watson Downs ... Lovett (uncredited)
Elmer Doyea ... Faro Dealer (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Stickman (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Westerner (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Dealer (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Donna La Barr ... B Girl (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Stickman (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Eddie Le Baron ... Mexican Stickman (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Guide (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Parke MacGregor ... Cigar Clerk (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Mayo ... Dealer (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Horse Trainer (uncredited)
Frank McFarland ... Dinsmore (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Pete, Bartender (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Betting Man at Racetrack (uncredited)

Jerry Paris ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Mexican Croupier (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Gambler (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Stickman (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Man on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Stickman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Dealer (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Dr. McCann (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Horse Player (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Stickman (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Roy Huggins (screenplay)

Halsted Welles (adaptation)

Lewis Meltzer (story) &
Oscar Saul (story)

Produced by
Michael Kraike .... producer (as Michel Kraike)
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty 
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns) (as Orry Kelly)
 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Lillian Burkhart .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lew Leary .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
 
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip H. Lathrop .... camera operator (uncredited)
Max Nippell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dean Paup .... grip (uncredited)
William Cooper Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Walling .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dorothy Hughes .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in the bus window that Joan is on.See more »
Quotes:
Horace Corrigan:[to Joan] If you're here for the cure, maybe you and I could get together for dinner.
Joan Phillips Boothe:If I'm here for the what?
Horace Corrigan:The cure - six weeks in the Nevada sunshine and you rid yourself of whatever ails you. You know, lumbago, matrimony, the common cold.
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She certainly does, 19 June 2013
Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom

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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