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Writers:
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Release Date:
30 June 1949 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Anton Walbrook ... Capt. Herman Suvorin

Edith Evans ... The Old Countess Ranevskaya
Yvonne Mitchell ... Lizaveta Ivanova
Ronald Howard ... Andrei
Mary Jerrold ... Old Varvarushka

Anthony Dawson ... Fyodor
Miles Malleson ... Tchybukin
Michael Medwin ... Hovaisky
Athene Seyler ... Princess Ivashin
Ivor Barnard ... Bookseller
Maroussia Dimitrevitch ... Gypsy singer
Violetta Elvin ... Gypsy dancer
Pauline Tennant ... Young countess
Jacqueline Clarke ... Milliner's assistant
Josef Ramart ... Countess' lover (as Yusef Ramart)
Valentine Dyall ... St. Germain's messenger
Gordon Begg ... Gen. Volcholnikov
Gibb McLaughlin ... Bird seller
Drusilla Wills ... Countess' old servant
Aubrey Mallalieu ... Fedya
George Woodbridge ... Vassili
Pauline Jameson ... Anyutka
Hay Petrie ... Herman's servant

Brown Derby ... The Countess' footman
Geoffrey Dunn ... Hairdresser
Ian Colin ... Officer in the gaming room
Clement McCallin ... Officer in the gaming room
John Howard ... Officer in the gaming room
Aubrey Woods ... Officer in the gaming room
David Paltenghi ... Officer in the gaming room
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Helen Christie ... Young Countess (voice)
Leonard Boucher ... Officer in the Gaming Room (uncredited)
Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Officer in the Gaming Room (uncredited)
Denis Carey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joan Miller ... Woman in Bookshop (uncredited)
Michael Ward ... Officer in the Gaming Room (uncredited)
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Directed by
Thorold Dickinson 
 
Writing credits
Rodney Ackland (writer) and
Arthur Boys (writer)

Alexander Pushkin (short story "The Queen of Spades")

Produced by
Jack Clayton .... associate producer
Anatole de Grunwald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller 
 
Film Editing by
Hazel Wilkinson 
 
Casting by
Robert Lennard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
William Kellner 
 
Costume Design by
Oliver Messel 
 
Makeup Department
Frank Cross .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Isobel Pargiter .... production manager
 
Art Department
Scott Slimon .... fabric designs (as Scot Slimon)
Philip Stockford .... set dresser
Ken Adam .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
F. McNally .... sound recordist (as Frank McNally)
Len Shilton .... dubbing recordist (as L. H. Shilton)
Audrey Bennett .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Val Stewart .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Babs Gray .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marjorie Owens .... continuity
 

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USA:95 min
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32 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Here's hoping this great film will receive more recognition., 3 June 2003
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

At long last, "The Queen of Spades" has appeared in a form worthy of its excellence. Anchor Bay's new DVD set includes a beautiful presentation of it, along with the 1945 anthology horror film "Dead of Night." I've read nothing but good things about "Dead of Night," but haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. To me, it's immaterial. I would pay three times as much for the "Queen of Spades" alone. Once seen, it's hard to forget.

Anton Walbrook may have played more multi-dimensional characters in other films, but never with the same frightening intensity as in this one. The cast is uniformly excellent, but it's his performance as Hermann that really makes the film memorable. Hermann is a strange sort of cinematic hero with no redeeming characteristics whatsoever. His personality is dominated by four of the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, wrath, and greed. As for lust, he lusts only for power, money and influence, his declarations of love being completely false. Gluttony is not an issue, as he lives in poverty in order to horde what money he has. As for sloth, he exerts extraordinary effort into fulfilling his schemes, which are entirely self-serving. Sounds like a thoroughly unpleasant fellow. But Walbrook makes this brooding, scheming, petty, and utterly reprehensible nonentity with a Napoleon complex into a fascinating character study -- a real tour-de-force. The Vienna-born Walbrook (originally named Adolph Anton Wilhelm Wohlbrueck) exaggerates his Teutonic accent to Peter Lorre-like intensity, to great effect. It's this film that made him one of my all time favorite actors.

The look of this film is also extraordinary. Even in this pristine presentation, the cinematography is very dark and deeply shadowed. The shadowy look of the film, along with some oddly angular or distorted shots, is suggestive of expressionist style. The story is told very directly and the plot moved along efficiently, with no superfluous action, which adds to the unreal atmosphere of the piece. Everything associated with the story seems to take place in quick succession. In a city as huge as St. Petersburg, Hermann wanders from the spooky booksellers' shop directly to the old countess's house purely by chance. Every element of the story is essential, and executed with maximum effect and style. The funeral scene in particular is unforgettable.

What a pleasure to find that this terrific, but relatively obscure, film has finally gotten a DVD release, and looks better than I've ever seen it looking. Almost everyone who's commented on it cites the fact that it is little known, and maybe this new DVD will change that a bit.

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