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The Queen of Spades (1949)

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the ... See full summary »

Director:

Thorold Dickinson

Writers:

Rodney Ackland (the screenplay by), Arthur Boys (the screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Walbrook ... Capt. Herman Suvorin
Edith Evans ... The Old Countess Ranevskaya
Yvonne Mitchell ... Lizaveta Ivanova
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Andrei
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Old Varvarushka
Anthony Dawson ... Fyodor
Miles Malleson ... Tchybukin
Michael Medwin ... Hovaisky
Athene Seyler ... Princess Ivashin
Ivor Barnard ... Bookseller
Maroussia Dimitrevitch Maroussia Dimitrevitch ... Gypsy singer
Violetta Elvin Violetta Elvin ... Gypsy dancer
Pauline Tennant ... Young countess
Jacqueline Clarke ... Milliner's assistant
Josef Ramart Josef Ramart ... Countess' lover (as Yusef Ramart)
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Storyline

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Espadas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last film of Hay Petrie. See more »

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Capt. Herman Suvorin: [he surprises the Old Countess] Don't cry out! Don't be alarmed, please, don't be alarmed. I don't mean you any harm. I've come to ask a favour of you. That's all. A favour. It'll cost you nothing. But to me, it will bring happiness for the rest of my life. I want the secret of the cards. That's all. Come, what is it? The three cards. The names of the three cards. Please! Oh, it's no use pretending you don't know anything about it. I know you were given the secret. And I know who gave it to you....
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The opening credits, rather than simply reading "Screenplay By", "Music By", "Director of Photography", etc., as in most films, read "The Screenplay By", "The Music By", "The Director of Photography", "The Art Director", etc. See more »

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Version of La dame de pique (1987) See more »

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A wonderful, neglected gem
20 June 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful, unusual suspense story - the black and white cinematography is masterful, adding to the creepy atmosphere. Anton Walbrook plays Capt. Suvarin with his characteristic silky menace. Everyone in this film is just perfect, even the charming prince who falls in love with the little paid companion - a thankless role frequently played with insipidity. And Edith Evans is utterly unique as the old Countess, haunted by her fear of death and unable to find peace. The card scene at the end of the film is unforgettable.

I don't know why this film is so unknown. It reminds me a little of "The Haunting" based on a Shirley Jackson novel, in that one is never really sure if supernatural activity is really going on, or if the main character has finally lost his mind and is imagining everything. I long for the day when this film reappears on video.


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