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The Queen Of Spades  1949
Director:  Thorold Dickenson
Producer:
  Anatole De Grunwald
Art Director:
  William Kellner
Editor:
  Hazel Wilkinson
Music:
  Georges Auric
Screenplay:
  Rodney Ackland and Arthur Boys, based on the short story Пиковая дама / Pikovaya Dama / The Queen Of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
Director of Photography:
  Otto Heller
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Cast:
spacer1 Anton Walbrook spacer1 Edith Evans spacer1 Yvonne Mitchell spacer1 Ronald Howard
spacer1 Mary Jerrold spacer1 Anthony Dawson spacer1 Miles Malleson spacer1 Michael Medwin
spacer1 Athene Seyler spacer1 Ivor Barnard spacer1 Valentine Dyall spacer1 Violetta Elvin
spacer1 Anton Walbrook spacer1 Edith Evans spacer1 Yvonne Mitchell
spacer1 Ronald Howard spacer1 Mary Jerrold spacer1 Anthony Dawson
spacer1 Miles Malleson spacer1 Michael Medwin spacer1 Athene Seyler
spacer1 Ivor Barnard spacer1 Valentine Dyall spacer1 Violetta Elvin
spacer1 Anton Walbrook spacer1 Edith Evans
spacer1 Yvonne Mitchell spacer1 Ronald Howard
spacer1 Mary Jerrold spacer1 Anthony Dawson
spacer1 Miles Malleson spacer1 Michael Medwin
spacer1 Athene Seyler spacer1 Ivor Barnard
spacer1 Valentine Dyall spacer1 Violetta Elvin

Synopsis:
Obsessed with playing cards, and determined to win at all costs, the Countess Ranerskaya makes a diabolical deal, exchanging her soul for the ability to play and always win, something noticed by Army Captain Herman Surorin, who realises that the elderly woman seemingly cannot lose and is determined to discover her secret. Obsessed with power, money and influence, yet living like a pauper in order to hoard his wealth, Surorin is consumed with discovering what makes the old lady so infallible, but is driven to murder her when she will not reveal her secret. Surorin starts to believe that her luck has passed onto him as he starts to win games once more, believing that he has dispatched his only rival in the field, but he soon starts to realise that he is being watched, even getting the feeling he is not alone when he clearly is, and soon understands that the old woman’s spirit is haunting him, and is willing to make a wager for his very life.....
Review:
A quite brilliant ghost story, with a truly chilling and clammy atmosphere, The Queen Of Spades, adapted from the short story by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, is a terrific piece of work but is sadly under-appreciated, other British horror pics of the period, such as the masterpiece Dead Of Night meaning that this excellent piece of work by effective director Thorald Dickenson (Gaslight / The Arsenal Stadium Mystery) is often sadly overlooked. The very fine Anton Walbrook (49th Parallel / The Red Shoes) gives a truly remarkable performance as the obsessed Surorin being driven to murder in order to gain what he sees as the Countess’ secret, not knowing that is indeed a deal with the Devil himself. Terrifically played, and Edith Evans (The Importance Of Being Earnest / Look Back In Anger makes the Countess both oddly charmingly eccentric and rather frighteningly driven, a lot of film’s effect comes from superb photography by Otto Heller, a very fine Director of Photography who also did not perhaps get the praise and reputation he deserved despite lensing pivotal British films including Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, Ealing Studios films such as The Ladykillers, and Michael Powell’s shattering Peeping Tom. A neglected minor masterpiece, and the final card game is a masterclass in editing and the building of genuine suspense, The Queen Of Spades deserves a major re-evaluation, and it a beautifully crafted piece of work, which will really give an audience the chills, and all without a drop of blood or weapon-weilding maniac in sight.

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