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26 December 1952 (USA) See more »
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Their wheel of fortune was spun by the COLD STEEL of an AUTOMATIC!
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dane Clark ... Jim Forster

Kathleen Byron ... Pat
Naomi Chance ... Lady Susan Willens
Meredith Edwards ... Dave Davies
Anthony Forwood ... Lord Peter Willens

Eric Pohlmann ... 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
Martin Benson ... Tony - Pat's Dance Partner
Eric Boon ... The Boxer (scenes deleted)
Felix Felton ... Boxing Promoter (scenes deleted)
Hal Osmond ... Fred - Stable Groom
Percy Marmont ... Lord Willens-Hortland
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Engles (uncredited)

Robert Brown ... John - Waiter at Max's Dive (uncredited)
Irissa Cooper ... The Tart (uncredited)
Peter Hutton ... Roger Bowen (uncredited)
David Keir ... The Gambler (uncredited)
André Mikhelson ... El Greco (uncredited)
Prince Monolulu ... Himself (uncredited)
Paul Sheridan ... The Croupier (uncredited)
Mark Singleton ... Waiter at Jack of Spades (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... Shadow (uncredited)

Directed by
Patrick Jenkins 
Sam Newfield (footage added for US release)
Terence Fisher (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Sam Newfield 

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney 
 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (as Walter Harvey)
 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
 
Casting by
Michael Carreras 
 
Art Direction by
J. Elder Wills 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Pauline Trent .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
John 'Pinky' Green .... production manager (as Pinky Green)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Holliday .... assistant director
Bill Herlihy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Phil Rigal .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound recordist
Percy Britten .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Moray Grant .... camera operator
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Manny Yospa .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Lenny .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Dennis Wilson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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One Dollar and the Jack of Spades., 29 August 2013
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

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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