The Great Sinner

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1949
  • Running time: 110 min
Drawn to an alluring beauty he meets aboard a train, a Russian writer follows her into an elegant casino. There he is intrigued by the obsessive life she and her father share, risking their fortunes and their futures on the spin of a roulette wheel. read more

Drawn to an alluring beauty he meets aboard a train, a Russian writer follows her into an elegant casino. There he is intrigued by the obsessive life she and her father share, risking their fortunes and their futures on the spin of a roulette wheel. At first the writer is a mere observer. But soon he is drawn inexorably into a madness that threatens to destroy him. An all-star cast headed by Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner headlines this lush period drama inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler, etching portraits of sinners great and small caught in a vortex of self-destruction. Robert Siodmak (The Killers, The Spiral Staircase) directs, capturing the grandeur of red-velvet gambling halls and the desperate seediness of cramped pawnshops.

Original Release

06/29/1949

US Release

06/29/1949

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Cast

Gregory Peck Fedja
Ava Gardner Pauline Ostrovsky
Melvyn Douglas Armand de Glasse
Walter Huston General Ostrovsky
Ethel Barrymore Grandmother Ostrovsky
Frank Morgan Aristide Pitard
Agnes Moorehead Emma Getzel
Friedrich von Ledebur Casino Secretary
Ludwig Donath Doctor
Curt Bois Jeweler / Money Lender
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Siodmak

Writers

Ladislas Fodor, Christopher Isherwood, René Fülöp-Miller, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Cast

Gregory Peck Fedja
Ava Gardner Pauline Ostrovsky
Melvyn Douglas Armand de Glasse
Walter Huston General Ostrovsky
Ethel Barrymore Grandmother Ostrovsky
Frank Morgan Aristide Pitard
Agnes Moorehead Emma Getzel
Friedrich von Ledebur Casino Secretary
Ludwig Donath Doctor
Curt Bois Jeweler / Money Lender
Ludwig Stössel Hotel Manager
Ernö Verebes Hotel Valet
Fred Aldrich Gambling Casino Patron
James Anderson Nervous Young Gambler
John Arnold Croupier
Hanna Axmann-Rezzori Staring Casino Patron
William Bailey Gambling Casino Accountant
Martha Bamattre Female Fountain Attendant
Richard Bartell Cloakroom Attendant
Holger Bendixen Waiter

Producers

Editors

Harold F. Kress

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