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The Great Sinner ()


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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... See more »

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Fedja
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Pauline Ostrovsky
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Armand de Glasse
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General Ostrovsky
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Grandmother Ostrovsky
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Aristide Pitard
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Emma Getzel
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Casino Secretary (as Frederick Ledebur)
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Doctor
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Jeweler / Money Lender
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Hotel Manager
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Hotel Valet (as Erno Verebes)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Nervous Young Gambler (uncredited)
John Arnold ...
Croupier (uncredited)
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Staring Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Accountant (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Casino Worker (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ...
Female Fountain Attendant (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ...
Cloakroom Attendant (uncredited)
Holger Bendixen ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
June Booth ...
Woman in Room (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Hotel Valet (uncredited)
Marianne Budrow ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
George Calliga ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Sue Casey ...
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Priest (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
André Charlot ...
Distinguished Man (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Standing Casino Patron (uncredited)
John Cortay ...
Inspector (uncredited)
Lorinne Crawford ...
Pretty Blonde (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Russell Custer ...
Servant (uncredited)
Daniel De Jonghe ...
Hotel Valet (uncredited)
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Croupier (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Hotel Worker (uncredited)
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Croupier (uncredited)
Victor Desny ...
Hotel Valet (uncredited)
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Woman on Park Bench (uncredited)
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Fearful Old Gambling Woman (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
George Edwards ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Englishman (uncredited)
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Roulette Player (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ...
Señor Pinto (uncredited)
Manfred Fürst ...
Mr. Huber (uncredited)
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Maharajah (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Everett Glass ...
Pince-Nez Man at Casino (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ...
Elderly Lady (uncredited)
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Pauline's Duenna (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ...
Porter (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ...
Young Girl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
William Hawes ...
Nervous Englishman (uncredited)
Else Heims ...
Gambling Woman with Cigar (uncredited)
Hans Hopf ...
Hurdy-Gurdy Man (uncredited)
Art Howard ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Jane Howard ...
Girl at Baccarat Table (uncredited)
Manfred Inger ...
Conductor (uncredited)
Thomas Ingersoll ...
Priest (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ...
Croupier (uncredited)
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Doorman (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ...
Maid (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Bandleader in Park (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Fred Lorenz ...
Conductor (uncredited)
Michael Macey ...
Hotel Valet (uncredited)
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Station Master (uncredited)
Joan Miller ...
Cold Woman (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ...
Porter (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
George Paris ...
Soldier (uncredited)
John Piffle ...
Fat Man (uncredited)
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Hotel Valet (uncredited)
Emil Rameau ...
Fearful Old Man (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Vincent Renno ...
Casino Inspector (uncredited)
Walter Rode ...
Man in Room (uncredited)
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Roulette Stickman (uncredited)
Sam Scar ...
Turk (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ...
Female Vendor (uncredited)
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Inspector (uncredited)
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Gambler with Betting Story (uncredited)
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Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Buxom Woman (uncredited)
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Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
Hotel Valet (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited)
Erica Strong ...
Girl in Flower Shop (uncredited)
Ann Sturgis ...
Pretty Brunette (uncredited)
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Cabbie (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ...
Gambler with Ring (uncredited)
Gisela Werbisek ...
Greedy Woman (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ...
Trailer Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Max Willenz ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ...
Servant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Siodmak

Written by

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Ladislas Fodor ... (screenplay) and
Christopher Isherwood ... (screenplay)
 
Ladislas Fodor ... (story) and
René Fülöp-Miller ... (story) (as René Füelöep-Miller)
 
Fyodor Dostoevsky ... (novel "The Gambler") (uncredited)

Produced by

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Gottfried Reinhardt ... producer

Music by

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Bronislau Kaper

Cinematography by

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George J. Folsey ... director of photography (as George Folsey)

Film Editing by

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Harold F. Kress

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons
Hans Peters

Set Decoration by

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Edwin B. Willis

Costume Design by

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Irene ... (costumes: women)
Valles ... (costumes: men)

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff ... hair styles designer
Fritzie ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Sergei Petschnikoff ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marvin Stuart ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Henry Grace ... associate set decorator (as Henry W. Grace)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Howard Bradner ... grip (uncredited)
Robert J. Bronner ... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Hubbell ... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank V. Phillips ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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André Previn ... conductor
Paul Salamunovich ... choral singer uncredited
Robert Franklyn ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Paul Elbogen ... technical advisor
Don McDougall ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Sudley ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Possessed by a power more devastating than the seven deadly sins! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Gamblers (United States)
  • Passion fatale (France)
  • El gran pecador (Spain)
  • O Grande Pecador (Portugal)
  • O megalos amartolos (Greece)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $2,075,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $2,041,000

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Trivia The starring role was first offered to Kirk Douglas, who turned it down in order to make the independent film Champion (1949), for which he was Oscar-nominated. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (1949). See more »
Quotes Pauline Ostrovsky: Oh, you can count on my vanity. No matter what you say I'll regard it as a compliment.
Fedja: All right, if you insist. To one of the most corrupt women I've ever met.
Pauline Ostrovsky: Corrupt?
Fedja: Corrupt, confused, frustrated, and empty.
Pauline Ostrovsky: But in a charming sort of way, you'll admit.
Fedja: Well charm, my dear is your gambling capital. You toss it on the table like money, like everything else, even a dying grandmother.
Pauline Ostrovsky: When a man takes the trouble to be so rude to a woman, he is usually falling in love with her.
Fedja: You're not a woman. You are a symptom.
Pauline Ostrovsky: Of what?
Fedja: Of one of the worlds deadliest diseases, sophistication. More champagne?
Pauline Ostrovsky: What else am I?
Fedja: You are irritatingly beautiful.
Pauline Ostrovsky: Well, at last!
Fedja: And everything, I reject.
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