Lady Gambles Barbara Stanwyck 1949 Film Noir


In Lady Gambles, Reporter David is in Las Vegas covering a story. His wife, Joan, looking for a story too, snoops around their hotel’s casino with a camera.


The Lady Gambles 1949 Barbara Stanwyck Film Noir Melodrama

Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Preston, Stephen McNally

The Lady Gambles Story Line. Reporter David Boothe (Robert Preston) is in Las Vegas covering a story. His wife, Joan (Barbara Stanwyck), looking for a story of her own, snoops around their hotel’s casino with a concealed camera. The casino owner, Horace Corrigan (Stephen McNally), catches her, but, seeing that she is not a hustler, decides to provide her with some free chips so she can sample the casino’s various games. She accepts, only to find gambling so engrossing that it might consume and destroy her life.

Joan eventually loses $600 of David’s expense money, as well as pawning a camera, before winning it back. Gambling excites her. When her sister Ruth joins them in Nevada, her husband decides to leave. When he returns to Vegas he sees how gambling has his wife hooked. David quits his job and takes her to Mexico, where he intends to write a book. A couple Joan met in Vegas get her into a dice game, where she loses all of their life savings. David leaves, intending to file for a divorce.

The Lady Gambles” attempts to psychologically explain why Stanwyck has an addictive personality. Sit back and watch the masterful Barbara portray a sick, out of control addict. This is grim stuff but in the hands of the brilliant Barbara Stanwyck it is worth watching.

Product Information

  • Director: Michael Gordon
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: Universal-International Pictures (UI)
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC

Sample Video From The Lady Gambles


Did you know? The Lady Gambles is Tony Curtis’s third film, in a bit part lasting less than 10 seconds on screen. He has four lines. To see Tony Curtis in some real gambling action, you may enjoy Mister Cory. Curtis plays an ambitious Chicago slum kid with a knack for gambling.

Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in




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