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The Madame Gambles (1951)

Madame Louise (original title)
Employees of a dress shop battle with a crooked gambler to get their jobs back.


Maclean Rogers


Michael Pertwee (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Hearne Richard Hearne ... Mr. Pastry
Petula Clark ... Penny
Garry Marsh ... Mr. Trout
Hilda Bayley Hilda Bayley ... Madame Louise
Doris Rogers Doris Rogers ... Mrs. Trout
Richard Gale Richard Gale ... Lt. Edwards
Charles Farrell ... Felling
Vic Wise Vic Wise ... Curly
John Powe John Powe ... Dumbo
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... Bookmaker
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Cafe Proprietress (as Anita Bolster)
Harry Fowler ... Trout's Clerk
Pauline Johnson Pauline Johnson ... Pearl
Mavis Greenaway Mavis Greenaway ... Mannequin
Pat Raphael Pat Raphael ... Mannequin


Employees of a dress shop battle with a crooked gambler to get their jobs back.

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English | French

Release Date:

1 October 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Madame Gambles See more »

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Production Co:

Nettlefold Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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(May 2011) Released on DVD as a result of an email campaign by Petula Clark's fans. See more »


During Mr. Pastry's bicycle chase sequence near the end of the film, the shadows lengthen and shorten randomly. See more »


Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Madame Louise (1956) See more »

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When Mr. Pastry was in fashion
7 July 2015 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

This farce, previously a great success on the stage for Robertson Hare and Alfred Drayton, is tailored for Richard Hearne's good-natured, kindly character, Mr. Pastry, with Garry Marsh in Drayton's role as the bullying, blustering, bookie who takes over a high class dress salon (not that you would notice from this) when its owner, Madame Louise, defaults on her gambling debts.

Hearne, a trained acrobat, whose only rival in the art of falling over was Norman Wisdom, was a first class comedian with international appeal, who, had he been born fifteen or twenty years earlier, could have become one of the great stars of the silent era in the manner of Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. As it was, his heyday was in the ephemeral world of live television and low budget films such as this, though he remains a fondly remembered figure. Pity that the cramped sets here hardly provide an adequate stage for his talents.

Quite funny in its madcap way, this also involves Marsh hiding from a trio of comic gangsters (including Charles Farrell and Vic Wise) and his fearsome battle-axe of a wife; an amusing performance from Doris Rogers, whom I've never seen in anything else. And there's also the Pastry designed three-in-one costume, modelled by sweet and charming co-star Petula Clark, leading to several unfortunate misunderstandings with her boyfriend.

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