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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)




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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Opening credits: The Characters and events depicted in this Film are fictitious, and any similarity to actual persons living or dead or events is purely coincidental. See more »


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


Remade as Six with Rix: Madame Louise (1972) See more »

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"Mr. Pastry" rises to the occasion...
15 March 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

"Madame Louise" is a pretty unlucky gambler; in the end she stakes £50 against her upmarket (but loss-making) fashion boutique. Of course she loses, and the place is taken over by Garry Marsh (an aptly named "Mr. Trout"), a rumbustious bookie who is, himself, on the run from a couple of gangsters and from his formidable wife (Doris Rogers). Richard Hearne ("Mr. Pastry") is the star, however, as the manager of the salon who gets caught up in all these shenanigans as he and Petula Clark ("Penny") try to rescue the business for their benefactor. It's a fun, gentle story of good versus (not very) evil and of course we know who will triumph from the outset. Some of the scenes are far too long and staged, they can become a bit repetitive and annoying after a while, but it's still an interesting reflection on what made us laugh 70 years ago.

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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