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The Gambler and the Lady (1952)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  26 December 1952 (USA)
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A social-climbing American with a business in illegal gambling falls in love with a blue blood, but gangsters and a jealous ex-girlfriend stand in the way of happiness.

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Jim Forster
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Pat
Naomi Chance ...
Lady Susan Willens
Meredith Edwards ...
Dave Davies
Anthony Forwood ...
Lord Peter Willens
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Arturo Colonna
Enzo Coticchia ...
Angelo Colonna
Julian Somers ...
Licasi - Club Manager
Anthony Ireland ...
Richard Farning
Thomas Gallagher ...
Sam
Max Bacon ...
Maxie
Mona Washbourne ...
Miss Minter
Jane Griffiths ...
Lady Jane Greer
Richard Shaw ...
Louis
George Pastell ...
Jacko Spina
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A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, neither is his past. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Their wheel of fortune was spun by the COLD STEEL of an AUTOMATIC!

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One Dollar and the Jack of Spades.
29 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Gambler and the Lady is directed by Patrick Jenkins and Sam Newfield, the latter of which also writing the screenplay. It stars Dane Clark, Kathleen Byron, Naomi Chance, Meredith Edwards, Anthony Forwood and Eric Pohlmann. Music is by Ivor Stanley and cinematography by Walter J. Harvey.

Clark plays Jim Forster, an ex-con and reformed alcoholic who is trying to climb the social ladder by way of his thriving gambling business. But all that is threatened when new gangsters on the scene want in on the action. Not only that but he also has a jealous ex-girlfriend to contend with just as he meets and falls for the blue blooded Lady Susan Willens (Chance).

On the page it sounds terrific, a real chance for some noir nirvana, while the opening to the film is a cracker, with a moody night time cobbled street scene punctured by a hit and run collision. Yet the piece never rises above the routine crime thriller that it is, while visually it's flat and uninteresting.

Out of Hammer Film Productions, there's an attempt at class distinction to drive the narrative forward, but it never really develops into something resembling dramatic worth. A shame because Jim Forster is an interesting enough character, he has done time for manslaughter, has anger issues but now he hates the rough stuff, even admonishing his staff for handing out bumps to bad debtors. And the women love him as well. Yet it's all so lethargically played that come the finale, the culmination of the dangled carrot at the beginning, you will struggle to care anyway. 5/10


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