One woman's gambling addiction puts her marriage and her life in grave danger. A gritty, classic piece of film noir starring four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy-winner Barbara Stanwyck. In a dark Chicago back alley, among a crowd of seedy characters, Joan Boothe (Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity) tosses a pair of dice and wins a few dirty dollars. She rolls once more, and wins again and again, and again, and again. Soon, the street thugs Joan runs with discover she's cheating, and decide to administer their own harsh form of justice. With her body beaten and spirit... broken, Joan finds herself in the hospital, where her estranged husband (Robert Preston, The Music Man) struggles to come to grips with how Joan once a sophisticated, vivacious, loving wife spiraled into such a desperate state. Elegantly shot and intricately constructed, The Lady Gambles is a shocking story of temptation, addiction, and betrayal as thrilling to watch today as it was when it debuted more than 60 years ago. [show more]
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Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Preston star in this 1940s drama directed by Michael Gordon. David Boothe (Preston) finds his wife Joan (Stanwyck) beaten and bruised after making some enemies in the world of Las Vegas gambling. As he retraces her steps to see how she came to be so deeply involved with these people, he learns how she got drawn in by casino owner Horace Corrigan (Stephen McNally) and how she double-crossed him to get ahead. While the broken and suicidal Joan fights for her life in a hospital bed, David tries to convince her all is not lost.