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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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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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Possessed by a power more devastating than the seven deadly sins! See more »

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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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Box Office

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 Then Lana Turner was slotted for the role, and then withdrawn from the production due to her extended European honeymoon with Henry J. Tipping.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 »

Goofs

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

Fedja: This is an unexpected pleasure. I was just worrying about your soul.
Pauline Ostrovsky: Oh... I haven't any. Couldn't you tell?
Fedja: No. That was my mistake, I suppose.
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" On the final brink of destruction, we all reach out for him "
13 July 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Perhaps it's his fine acting, his delivery style or his distinguished good looks. Whatever it is, Gregory Peck had displayed it in all his films. Here is one of his best, called " The Great Sinner. " If you've read Dostoyevsky's novel 'the Gambler', penned in 1867, you will have a pretty good idea where the movie came from. It's the story of a successful young writer named Fedja (Gregory Peck) who, while traveling through Europe, meets and is immediately struck by Pauline Ostrovsky (Ave Gardner) the daughter of a retired General. Through her, he discovers, she and her father are in great debt to the Casino owner, Armand de Glasse (Melvyn Douglas). Once in love, he realizes there is only one way to win her and that's to pay off her family's notes. With great but innocent naiveté he cautiously enters the world of gambling and is surprised by his extraordinary luck when he continues to win, win and eventually break the bank. Believing he can quit, he begins making plans to wed and move to the countryside. Unfortunately as most gamblers realize there is a subtle, yet, powerful addiction to winning and slowly it compels him to return to the alluring and enticing realm of the roulette wheel. This early Black and White movie is nearly a forgotten Classic of Peck's early career and were it not for his co-stars like, Walter Huston, Ethel Barrymore, Agnes Moorehead and Frank Morgan, it may have remained in obscurity. Instead, this wonderful, (albeit lengthy) and dramatic film has become a milestone for Gregory Peck and one which created an enduring legacy for this great actor. ****


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