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The Lady Gambles (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 18 July 1949 (UK)
A desperate husband tries to find help for his wife suffering from addictive gambling.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Roy Huggins (screenplay), Halsted Welles (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Joan Boothe
Robert Preston ... David Boothe
Stephen McNally ... Horace Corrigan
Edith Barrett ... Ruth Phillips
John Hoyt ... Dr. Rojac
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Barky
John Harmon ... Frenchy
Philip Van Zandt ... Chuck (as Phil Van Zandt)
Leif Erickson ... Tony
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Bank Clerk
Houseley Stevenson ... Pawnbroker
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Dennis Sutherland
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Dennis Sutherland
Tony Curtis ... Bellboy (as Anthony Curtis)
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Jack Harrison - Hotel Clerk (as Peter Lewis)
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Storyline

When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Once she was someone's wife ... now she's just someone's luck ! See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gambling Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

Sequit Point, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Corrigan (Steven McNally) tells the girls "No-one uses my first name....because it's Horace" could well have been an in-joke as Stephen McNally's birth name was Horace Vincent McNally. See more »

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Reflected in the bus window that Joan is on. See more »

Quotes

Horace Corrigan: [to Joan] If you're here for the cure, maybe you and I could get together for dinner.
Joan Phillips Boothe: If I'm here for the what?
Horace Corrigan: The cure - six weeks in the Nevada sunshine and you rid yourself of whatever ails you. You know, lumbago, matrimony, the common cold.
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this was like a horror story to watch
18 August 2002 | by benglesonSee all my reviews

The first half of this depressing look at the addiction of gambling gave me the willies. The insidious descent of Stanwyck's character from placid, guilt-ridden housewife (who may have once had a career) into a card-playing, dice rolling junkie is too painful to watch. But I did.

The second half, especially the feeble attempt to recover, only to fall off the wagon, was predictable. Stanwyck is usually a powerhouse of an actress and would have been better served with a less smarmy ending. Still, the scenes of Vegas were enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to put this on a double bill with Reefer Madness. Through the windows of time, one cannot help to jump to the conclusion that they have some similarities. Other addiction movies, e.g. The Lost Weekend, warm the heart as well. There should be an addictions film festival. There probably is, right?


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