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Rodney Ackland (writer) and
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Release Date:
30 June 1949 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Simply a Masterpiece See more (26 total) »


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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)

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
Chick Macnaughton .... focus puller (uncredited)
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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Simply a Masterpiece, 25 September 2005
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

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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