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Gambling Lady (1934)

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Born on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks, Lady Lee (Barbara Stanwyck) rises to prominence as a professional gambler. Though she works in a somewhat shady casino, our heroine enjoys a reputation for utter honesty, refusing all entreaties to turn crooked. Impressed by this quality, wealthy young Garry Madison (Joel McCrea) falls in love with Lady Lee and asks her to become his wife. Madison's friends and family assume that Lady Lee is merely a gold-digger, but she proves them irrefutably wrong when she saves him from a murder charge. According to some sources, Tyrone Power can be spotted in a bit role in this "A-minus" Warner Bros. programmer. Gambling Lady would make an interesting double feature with the later Stanwyck vehicle The Lady Gambles.

Cast

Pat O'Brien
as Charlie Lang
Joel McCrea
as Garry Madison
Claire Dodd
as Sheila Aiken
C. Aubrey Smith
as Peter Madison
Stanley Mack
as Secretary
Renee Whitney
as Baby Doll
Huey White
as Bodyguard
Frank Thornton
as Manservant
Jay Eaton
as Clerk
James Burke
as Detective
Milton Kibbee
as 1st Reporter
Albert Conti
as French Lawyer
Willard Robertson
as District Attorney
Edward J. Le Saint
as Sheila's Attorney
Milt Kibbee
as 1st Reporter
Bob Montgomery
as Crooked Gambler
Eddie Shubert
as Reporter
Ralph Brooks
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Gambling Lady

All Critics (1)

Is a fine example of the breezy chic entertainment for its time.

August 3, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gambling Lady

Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Stanwyck. Barbara Stanwyck. That's probably all you need to know, but I will add a few more words. The premise here is that she's a gambler, always playing by the rules, and with luck and skill always coming out on top. She decides to get married to a rich guy played by Joel McCrea, but faces obstacles first in his father (C. Aubrey Smith), and then in his ex-fiancé (Claire Dodd). Meanwhile, he gets a taste of jealousy himself when Stanwyck helps out an old friend (Pat O'Brien). The double standard is on full display here, but it's nice to see Stanwyck's character so strong, in addition to being honorable. She's a tough talking woman who "plays the game straight". She has such a range in her eyes and facial expressions that she lights up films which would otherwise be far less interesting. I always love C. Aubrey Smith too - such an iconic character himself - and the dialog in the movie is sharp and snappy. The ending gets a little melodramatic and the final scene has one of the most awkward kisses I've ever seen, with the father standing right behind the couple, but that just adds to the quirkiness of this old film.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

Super Reviewer

½

Nothing special but as always Missy Stanwyck makes it worth checking out.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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