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Writers:
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Release Date:
30 June 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win 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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Ivor Barnard was working on Paper Orchid (1949) at the same time.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
My Win, 11 March 2007
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I've seen this now probably 10 times or more over the decades – it's an out and out genuine British film classic, and still only Thorold Dickinson and Anton Walbrook's second best to Gaslight made 10 years before. The stories themselves had similarities, Walbrook in both playing an avaricious amoral character using a weak-willed woman to meet his own despicable ends. The production values in both were high lending a richly dark and brooding b&w atmosphere on nitrate film stock to compliment the inventive camera-work.

Relatively poor Captain in the Royal Engineers jealous of the wealthy Cavalry officers around him dreams of making his fortune at faro, and eventually gets his way at the price of his precious soul. How he does it is a spooky tale involving an ancient irritating Countess played by the perfect Edith Evans and his attempt to get her to acquiesce to his demands. Who can forget the funeral scene when Walbrook is wondering how the dead can give up their secrets! Everyone acted their hearts out, Ronald Howard nicely restrained to Walbrook's occasional lapses into melodrama. Auric's music is spot on and as graceful as ever, we even get a preview of Orpheus in here to which he composed the music for the following year. The game of faro as depicted here always struck me as particularly boring, but I suppose it was as good a way as any for someone to lose money fast. The secret of winning money at cards is not to play for money at all and to keep your money. I simply can't understand why anyone would watch this for the full 90 minutes hating almost every minute and then waste more of their time telling us!

An utterly marvellous film, a UK post-War Wonder which will survive all comments positive and negative.

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