The Lady Gambles

Synopsis: When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her.
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Director(s): Michael Gordon
Production: Universal
99 min

number that showed you in.

His name is Barky.

He rounds up undesirables

and deports aliens.

Yeah. No.

Which of your friend's

categories do I fall into?

Well, you don't sound

like an alien,

and I'll have to admit you

don't look undesirable.

Well, in that case,

if you don't mind...

Barky's from Detroit, and he just

can't seem to get it through his head

that gambling's legal

in Nevada.

It seems you

made him nervous.

I can't think how.

He said you were playing

black and red at the same time.

Is that some system?

Is that illegal

in Nevada?

Oh, no. We love people with systems.

But people with cameras,

we wonder about them.

Hey, that's a tricky

little number.

Don't! Don't open it.

You'll ruin the film!

Well, exactly.

I've a funny feeling about people

sneaking pictures of my patrons.

It might so easily

turn into blackmail.


Or hadn't that

occurred to you?

It so happens I'm a tourist.

I like to take pictures.


Now, me, I like to take tourists,

but strictly on the up and up.

Without any camouflage.

All right. I used

to work for a magazine.

I thought that

while I was out here,

I could work up some sort

of a feature they'd buy.

Candid shots of this

sink of iniquity.

Well, why

didn't you say so?

I like the idea fine. Just be sure

you spell our name right, Miss, uh...

Mrs. Boothe. Now, may

I have my camera back?

My apologies,

Mrs. Boothe.

Thank you.


just for the record,

we don't force people

to gamble here.

You can use these.

Oh, no, thank you.

I couldn't possibly...

Go ahead. They're house chips.

They're not worth anything.

You don't win and you don't

lose. But keep it under your hat.

It doesn't look nice in front

of the paying customers.

This makes me feel

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Roy Huggins

Roy Huggins (July 18, 1914 – April 3, 2002) was an American novelist and an influential writer/creator and producer of character-driven television series, including Maverick, The Fugitive, and The Rockford Files. A noted writer and producer using his own name, much of his later television scriptwriting was done using the pseudonyms Thomas Fitzroy, John Thomas James, and John Francis O'Mara. more…

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