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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Anton Walbrook ...
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Yvonne Mitchell ...
Ronald Howard ...
Andrei
Mary Jerrold ...
Old Varvarushka
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Fyodor
Miles Malleson ...
Tchybukin
Michael Medwin ...
Hovaisky
Athene Seyler ...
Princess Ivashin
Ivor Barnard ...
Bookseller
Maroussia Dimitrevitch ...
Gypsy singer
Violetta Elvin ...
Gypsy dancer
Pauline Tennant ...
Jacqueline Clarke ...
Milliner's assistant
Josef Ramart ...
Countess' lover (as Yusef Ramart)
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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 secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit. Written by Anonymous

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Superb - excellent direction.
4 December 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

If you can get hold of a copy of this film - do so!

The plot centers around a card game in which certain cards are said to be lucky. However, a certain countess is said to have made a pact with the underworld in order to know the secrets of the cards. This dreadful woman keeps her servants and paid companions in constant fear and spends her every day complaining about every single thing. What she does not reveal however is her mortal fear of death.

There is a young soldier who would love to get the secrets of the cards from her and agrees to take the sins of her soul upon his in exchange for the knowledge - which does him no good.

Photography and suspense is superb from filmmakers who knew their craft. A must see.


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