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The Great Sinner (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 29 June 1949 (USA)
A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself. Losing all his wealth, as well as his moral fibre, he commits ... See full summary »

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Robert Siodmak

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Ladislas Fodor (screenplay), Christopher Isherwood (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Fedja
Ava Gardner ... Pauline Ostrovsky
Melvyn Douglas ... Armand de Glasse
Walter Huston ... General Ostrovsky
Ethel Barrymore ... Grandmother Ostrovsky
Frank Morgan ... Aristide Pitard
Agnes Moorehead ... Emma Getzel
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Casino Secretary (as Frederick Ledebur)
Ludwig Donath ... Doctor
Curt Bois ... Jeweler / Money Lender
Ludwig Stössel ... Hotel Manager
Ernö Verebes ... Hotel Valet (as Erno Verebes)
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Storyline

A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself. Losing all his wealth, as well as his moral fibre, he commits the ultimate degradation of robbing a church poor box in order to feed his compulsion. Written by <homeport@erols.com>

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He Gambled His Life on Her Love! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gamblers See more »

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Budget:

$2,075,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,041,000
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Deborah Kerr was initially scheduled to co-star with Peck. Then Lana Turner was slotted for the role, and then withdrawn from the production due to her extended European honeymoon with Henry J. Tipping. Finally, Ava Gardner was cast. See more »

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On numerous occasions during the long Roulette game when the "No more bets" call is made, the wheel is shown to be turning pretty slowly; yet immediately afterwards as the ball is getting ready to drop into the slot, the wheel is suddenly turning much more rapidly. See more »

Quotes

Pauline Ostrovsky: With me, writing it is living. I couldn't write a romance without - being in love. I couldn't write a gambling story, without becoming a gambler.
Pauline Ostrovsky: What an alarming theory.
Fedja: Shall we compromise on - a romance?
Pauline Ostrovsky: To luck, our luck.
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a great cast in a film about the gambling bug
9 August 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Walter Huston, Melvyn Douglas, Ethel Barrymore, and Frank Morgan star in "The Great Sinner" about a writer who gets the gambling bug big-time. Set in the 1860s, the story concerns a writer (Peck) who falls for a woman (Gardner) whose life, and that of her father's (Huston), is dedicated to gambling. They're waiting for the matriarch of the family (Barrymore) to die so that they will no longer be beholden to the owner of a casino (Douglas). He has 200,000 (francs, I think) of the father's notes, and in return, he wants Gardner. One can hardly blame him - she's so gorgeous in this movie, and her costumes so stunning, she nearly burns up the celluloid. The writer tries his hand at gambling and soon becomes a complete addict.

The gambling scenes in this film are quite exciting, as anyone who has tasted the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at a slot machine will attest. Unfortunately, other than that, it's a rather talk-heavy movie without much action and seems to go on too long. Nevertheless, there are some good performances. Was Walter Huston ever anything but great? Peck is handsome and convincing as the fallen man. Agnes Moorhead has a small part, but she's excellent, as the nasty owner of a pawnshop. Frank Morgan also makes an appearance as an unlucky gambler.

Worth seeing for Gardner's looks and gowns alone.


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