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.
Brian Desmond Hurst, nowadays best remembered for his SCROOGE starring Alistair
Sim, tackles the usual story of a young surgeon, played by Tony Britton, starting
out under the aegis of Michael Redgrave -- Britton's character is engaged to Redgrave's
daughter, played by Vanessa Redgrave in her screen acting debut. Careful attention
has been paid to technical issues of the era, and the capable cast handles their
roles well enough.. However, the standard plots of such movies are in full evidence,
making this movie lack more than the standard levels of emotional involvement --
it's obvious that certain roles are going to behave in certain ways at certain times.
In addition, DP Robert Krasker's color cinematography has a late-40s green cast to
it and it looks like the color separations have shrunk at microscopically different
rates making it slightly out of focus. I suspect the green cast may have something
to do with the drug-addict-doctor subplot, adding an absinthe tint to the affair. Still,
Hurst's usual highly competent work keeps things moving along nicely. This one is
definitely worth your time.