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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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Approved | See all certifications »
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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

The scene where Corrigan (Steven McNally) tells the girls "No-one uses my first name....because it's Horace" could well have been an in-joke as Stephen McNally's birth name was Horace Vincent McNally. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Horace Corrigan: [to Joan] If you're looking for bargains, go to a department store. Don't come to a track unless you want to get hurt.
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Barbara Stanwyck was very versatile
13 August 2001 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

It is very evident that Barbara Stanwyck was able to adapt to any sort of role or character in each of her pictures. In this one, she plays a businessman's wife who becomes addicted to gambling after a trip to Las Vegas. This isn't a bad character study, and probably one of the earliest ones dealing with this sort of obsession. It is also interesting to see how the Vegas strip looked in over 50 years ago. A young, unknown Tony Curtis has a cameo as a bell boy.


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