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The Great Sinner (1949)

The Great Sinner (1949)

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Based loosely on the Dostoyevsky novel, The Gambler stars Gregory Peck as a sensitive 19th-century Russian author. His "great sin" is gambling, which starts when he attempts to rescue aristocratic Ava Gardner from the gaming tables. He succeeds, only to lose himself to gambling fever, which costs him his friends, his reputation and his talent. Director Robert Siodmak was never happy with the screenplay for The Great Sinner, constant revisions bloated the film's rough-cut running time to nearly six hours! After Siodmak pared the film down, MGM insisted that the director reshoot the love scenes. Siodmak refused, thus the new sequences were filmed sans screen credit by Mervin LeRoy.

Cast

Ava Gardner
as Pauline Ostrovsky
Melvyn Douglas
as Armand de Glasse
Walter Huston
as Gen. Ostrovsky
Frank Morgan
as Aristide Pitard
Agnes Moorehead
as Emma Getzel
Ludwig Stossel
as Hotel manager
Ernö Verebes
as Hotel Valet
Curt Bois
as Jeweler
Antonio Filauri
as Senor Pinto
Frederick Ledebur
as Le Glasse's Secretary
Vincent Renno
as Casino Inspector
André Charlot
as Distinguished Man
Elsa Heims
as Woman with Cigar
Joan Miller
as Cold Sexy Woman
John Piffle
as Fat Man
Emil Rameau
as Fearful Old Man
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Fearful Old Woman
James Anderson
as Nervous Young Man
Charles Wagenheim
as Man with Ring
Gisela Werbisek
as Greedy Woman
Hannelore Axman
as Staring Woman
Lorraine Crawford
as Pretty Blonde
William H. Hawes
as Nervous Englishman
Ann Sturgis
as Pretty Brunette
Leonid Kinskey
as Band Leader
David McMahon
as Station Master
Bob Stevenson
as Hotel Valet
Daniel de Johnghe
as Hotel Valet
Michael Macey
as Hotel Valet
Joe Ploski
as Hotel Valet
Victor Denny
as Hotel Valet
Sue Casey
as Pretty Girl
Frank Elliott
as Englishman
Lisa Golm
as Elderly Lady
Jean Del Val
as Croupier
Sayre Dearing
as Croupier
Perry Ivins
as Croupier
John Arnold
as Croupier
George Paris
as Soldier
Peter Scott
as Cabaret Waiter
Erica Strong
as Girl in Flower Shop
Martha Bamattre
as Woman Fountain Attendant
Everett Glass
as Pince-nez Man
Frank Jaquet
as Doorman
Neal Dowd
as Young Man
Eloise Hardt
as Young Girl
Irene Seidner
as Woman Vendor
Fred Lorenz
as Conductor
Hans Hopf
as Hurdy-Gurdy Man
Marianne Budrow
as Little Girl
Lotte Stein
as Buxom Woman
Walter Rode
as Couple in Room
June Booth
as Couple in Room
Max Willenz
as Policeman
Manfred Furst
as Mr. Huber
Betty Jane Howarth
as Girl at Baccarat Table
John Cortay
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for The Great Sinner

All Critics (1)

Brings Dostoyevsky down to the level of soap opera.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Great Sinner

This movie terrified me in regards to the way in which gambling can ensnare even the most levelheaded people who may think they are above falling into such a trap. It doesn't matter the age or occupation, we are all vulnerable to this wicked ploy if we are not careful. It demonstrates the danger of attempting to beat Satan at his own game. Let's face it, he's been at it a lot longer than us! The film may be a bit predictable and neatly wrapped, but still effective and thought-provoking. Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner are outstanding!

Jakki Jelene
Jakki Jelene

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