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The Gambler and the Lady (1952)

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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26 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Jogo Perigoso  »

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First hammer film of George Pastell. See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Elements of film noir in a melodrama
10 February 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

There's plenty of crime in this Lippert picture. It opens with a well shot killing that is not clear till well into the movie. Dane Clark is the star. He was a staple of film noir. Here, we also see him in a top hat!

Yes, the subject is more class than crime. Clark is the gambler of the tile. (The female title character doesn't appear till almost half an hour into the movie.) He's an American but he wants to fit in in England. He's taking lessons in deportment from a caricature of a British lady.

He has a Scottish pal (Meredith Edwards) who is put forward as his butler. He longs to become accepted by nobility.

The supporting cast is good. The woman he falls for is not particularly charismatic but she's attractive. The more conventionally low-life types are plausible.

The dialog contains a lot of blatant exposition: "It's hard to believe that X years ago I was in Y with Z and while A B were ..."

It's well shot and holds the attention. But it's nothing to write (back) home about.


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