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Gambler and the Lady (1952)

A social-climbing American with a business in illegal gambling falls in love with a blue blood, but gangsters and a jealous ex-girlfriend stand in the way of happiness.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Clark ... Jim Forster
Kathleen Byron ... Pat
Naomi Chance Naomi Chance ... Lady Susan Willens
Meredith Edwards ... Dave Davies
Anthony Forwood ... Lord Peter Willens
Eric Pohlmann ... Arturo Colonna
Enzo Coticchia Enzo Coticchia ... Angelo Colonna
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Licasi - Club Manager
Anthony Ireland ... Richard Farning
Thomas Gallagher Thomas Gallagher ... Sam
Max Bacon Max Bacon ... Maxie
Mona Washbourne ... Miss Minter
Jane Griffiths Jane Griffiths ... Lady Jane Greer
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... Louis
George Pastell ... Jacko Spina
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Storyline

A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, neither is his past. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Their wheel of fortune was spun by the COLD STEEL of an AUTOMATIC!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogo Perigoso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films,Lippert Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First Hammer film of George Pastell. See more »

Alternate Versions

New scenes added for US release. See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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A Gamble with modest returns
16 May 2009 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

In 1950, American producer Robert Lippert formed a business alliance with Hammer studios. Under the agreement, Lippert would provide American acting talent - frequently shop-worn stars or just supporting actors who fancied a profitable trip out of the country - while Hammer would supply the rest of the cast and the production facilities. Together they would split the profits. Famous for his concern with the bottom line, Lippert produced over 140 films between 1946 and 1955, characteristically genre pieces such as I Shot Jesse James or Rocketship XM. For the British deal, most of the films were noir-ish thrillers - and include this title.

Dane Clark, who appeared in several of these productions, plays the doomed gambler in question: a self made man, running a profitable London set up into which rudely intrudes his aspirational love life and the aggressive ambitions of some Italian gangster interlopers. His social climbing ultimately proves the straw that breaks the camel's back. Many of the British noirs interestingly import class considerations into the dramatic mix, concerns that are usually absent in the American model, and they are seen most strongly in this title. The gambler's end is ultimately determined by the suckering in of social mobility as much as the machinations of fate - but not before there is some effective sniping at the rudeness and untrustworthiness of the British ruling classes. Clark cuts a suitably doomed and somewhat pathetic figure as he struggle to gain acceptance.


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