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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Rick Santos
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Edie Gould
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Beverly Craig
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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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As a compulsive gambler myself, i can relate.
20 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shirley Jones does a great job of portraying a compulsive gambler in this movie. I am a compulsive gambler myself and I could truly relate to the pain and guilt and shame that overwhelms a person who has any addiction. As I watched this movie with over a year of sobriety, I still felt the desperation of her situation like it was mine all over again. Shirley Jones role is believable. I only wish it would've gone even deeper into the emotional despair that it can cause. This disease has killed many people literally and figuratively. I was only 9 yrs old when this movie came out and yet I'm so glad I watched this movie 35 years after it was made. Very well done.


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