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The Queen of Spades (1949)

 |  Drama, Horror  |  30 June 1949 (USA)
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An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Walbrook ...
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Ronald Howard ...
Mary Jerrold ...
Miles Malleson ...
Michael Medwin ...
Athene Seyler ...
Princess Ivashin
Ivor Barnard ...
Maroussia Dimitrevitch ...
Gypsy singer
Violetta Elvin ...
Gypsy dancer
Pauline Tennant ...
Jacqueline Clarke ...
Milliner's assistant
Josef Ramart ...
Countess' lover (as Yusef Ramart)


An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit. Written by Anonymous

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30 June 1949 (USA)  »

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A Dama de Espadas  »

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Aubrey Mallalieu died before release. See more »

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The opening credits, rather than simply reading "Screenplay By", "Music By", "Director of Photography", etc., as in most films, read "The Screenplay By", "The Music By", "The Director of Photography", "The Art Director", etc. See more »


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Simply a Masterpiece
25 September 2005 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Tchaikovsky took Pushkin's ghost story and turned it into an opera. Producer Anatole de Grunwald turned it into one of the finest Gothic thrillers in film history. Why The Queen of Spades is so overlooked is a mystery to those who have seen is a dazzling tour de force.

Anton Walbrook pulls out all the stops as the army officer obsessed with learning how to win at faro. When he discovers that an aged countess, played by Dame Edith Evans in her talking picture debut, holds the secret he becomes even more obsessed with wresting this secret from her. The countess sold her soul to learn the magic of the cards, 3,7 and Ace and, in the end, that does not bode well for Walbrook.

The baroque sets, assisted by wonderful lighting effects, builds an eerie, almost surreal atmosphere. It will hold you spellbound and haunt you long after it ends.

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