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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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What was the truth about Joan Boothe? 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Stanwyck also starred in an unrelated, but similarly titled, film: Gambling Lady (1934). See more »

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

Quotes

David Boothe: [to Joan standing atop the Hoover Dam] They tell me there's never been a single suicide off here, yet back in Chicago they drop off those high buildings like flies.
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Incredible Stanwyck performance
3 November 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In this B-picture that shows a woman's discovery of gambling, Barbara Stanwyck shines in the leading role. Released the same year as Gregory Peck's gambling movie The Great Sinner, this is the female version of the dangers of gambling. Robert Preston costars as the long-suffering husband, and Stephen McNally is a very realistic villain who entices Barbara to start trying her luck. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can catch a very young Tony Curtis in his third film appearance! He plays a bellboy and is onscreen for less than ten seconds, but he has an interaction with the legendary Barbara Stanwyck; not bad!

The opening scene is incredibly engaging and shocking. Barbara walks out into an alley, then gets beaten by a group of thugs and left for dead. Next, Robert Preston runs into a hospital, demanding to know how his wife is. He tells the doctor in charge, and the audience, the story of how she ended up this way. While the storytelling method is a little cheesy, Barbara's performance more than makes up for it. She's fantastic, and completely in her element as she's given the opportunity to show off every human emotion throughout the film. She's innocently curious as she tags along on her husband's business trip to Las Vegas, and her slow descent into addiction is riveting. She's deceitful, ashamed, devious, desperate, and completely unable to stop. Her eyes light up when she wins, and she feels like her life's over when she loses. If you've never seen a Barbara Stanwyck movie, this is a great place to start.


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