In this TV-movie, Shirley Jones plays an average American housewife who just happens to be addicted to gambling. The story chronicles how her problem is destroying her "ideal" suburban life... See full summary »

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Eleanor Anderson
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In this TV-movie, Shirley Jones plays an average American housewife who just happens to be addicted to gambling. The story chronicles how her problem is destroying her "ideal" suburban life and that of her family. It's a stretch to say that the picture is a remake of "The Lady Gambles", but certain elements of that classic Stanwyck flick are present here. Written by Anonymous

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3 March 1975 (USA)  »

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When Ellie wins $30,000 at the track, the cashier hands her the money in cash and Ellie walks away. In reality, anyone who won this much on a single race would be required to fill out various tax statements before the winnings were paid out. See more »

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Shirley Jones' performance lends film distinction.
18 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps even more than her in her Oscar winning performance for "Elmer Gantry," Shirley Jones here achieves distinction with her convincing delineation of a woman teetering on the brink of destroying her life through a gambling addiction.

What lends great conviction to the production is the absolutely normal personality Miss Jones projects as the protagonist. Gambling addicts are not wild eyed and sinister looking psychopaths, and it is therefore entirely appropriate that Miss Jones' character is an attractive, charming, and thoroughly upstanding seeming character. And therein lies the rub...all of which allows her to so convincingly "take in" so many others, not the least of which is her husband, (Laurence Luckinbill) from whom she has appropriated (and lost) $30,000. Most of all, she has deceived herself.

Even the cut rate conventions of TV movie production work to this movie's benefit. By shooting the movie mainly within the confines of actual suburban split level homes, hotel rooms, pawn shops, and gambling casinos, the production achieves an almost documentary veracity.

Also working much in its favor is a superb performance from Sam Groom as a sleazy back room spiv, as well as welcome cameos from screen greats Sylvia Sidney and Joan Blondell.


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