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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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An excellent low-budget British noir-ish film.
12 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like many European films of the 1950s and 60s, the folks who made "The Gambler and the Lady" imported an American star to give the film more box office power. While Dane Clark was not a huge name in Hollywood, he was very recognizable back in 1952 and already had a reputation as an excellent tough-guy in films.

The film begins with Clark owning a successful gambling house in England. You soon learn that he's trying hard to fit in with society but this is difficult, at times, for him since he is, down deep, a tough palooka. Time and again, he needs to fight the impulse to slug people as it will undo all the culture and refinement he's been adopting since relocating to this country. Now, after meeting a woman of high breeding, he has dreams of selling out and becoming respectable. This need is so strong that for once in his life, he makes himself very vulnerable. What happens next? See this nifty little film for yourself.

So why did I describe this film as being 'noir-ish'? Well, it has many of the qualities you find in an example of film noir--such as the dame, great tough-guy dialog, a downbeat ending and a hero who has a shady past. But, it also lacks the great lighting and camera-work you'd expect to see in American or French noir--making it, perhaps, noir-lite! This is not a complaint--just an observation about the film's style. But, it IS very good for a low-budget B movie--short, well-paced and full of nice acting. Well worth seeing.


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