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The Great Sinner Details


Based loosely on the Dostoyevsky novel, [[Feature~V159953~The Gambler~thegambler]] stars [[Performer~P55747~Gregory Peck~gregorypeck]] as a sensitive 19th-century Russian author. His "great sin" is gambling, which starts when he attempts to rescue aristocratic Ava Gardner from the gaming tables. He succeeds, only to lose himself to gambling fever, which costs him his friends, his reputation and his talent. Director [[Performer~P111677~Robert Siodmak~robertsiodmak]] was never happy with the screenplay for The Great Sinner, constant revisions bloated the film's rough-cut running time to nearly six hours! After Siodmak pared the film down, MGM insisted that the director reshoot the love scenes. Siodmak refused, thus the new sequences were filmed sans screen credit by [[Performer~P99016~Mervin LeRoy~mervynleroy]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Gregory Peck
as Fedja
Ava Gardner
as Pauline Ostrovski
Melvyn Douglas
as Armand de Glasse
Walter Huston
as Gen. Ostrovski
Ethel Barrymore
as Grandmother
Frank Morgan
as Aristide Pitard
Agnes Moorehead
as Emma Getzel
Frederick Ledebur
as Secretary
Ludwig Donath
as Doctor
Curt Bois
as Jeweler
Ludwig Stossel
as Hotel manager
Erno Verebes
as Hotel Valet
Irene Seidner
as Woman Vendor
Bert Hanlon
as Porter
Martha Bamattre
as Woman Fountain Attendant
Joe Ploski
Perry Ivins
Vincent Renno
as Casino Inspector
Manfred Furst
as Mr. Huber
Lorraine Crawford
as Pretty Blonde
Emil Rameau
as Fearful Old Man
Leonid Kinskey
as Band Leader
Kenneth Tobey
as Cabby
Charles Wagenheim
as Man with Ring
Jean del Val
Everett Glass
as Pince-nez Man
Lisa Golm
as Elderly Lady
John Arnold
as Croupier
George Paris
as Soldier
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Fearful Old Woman
Ilka Gruning
as Duenna
Dick Simmons
Hannelore Axman
as Staring Woman
Sayre Dearing
Fred Nurney
as Porter
Max Willenz
as Policeman
Eloise Hardt
as Young Girl
Frank Jaquet
as Doorman
Wheaton Chambers
as Priest
Bob Stevenson
Lotte Stein
as Buxom Woman
Martin Garralaga
as Maharajah


Robert Siodmak
Gottfried Reinhardt
Ladislas Fodor
Christopher Isherwood
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Book Author
George Folsey
Andre Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Kress
George Folsey
Hans Peters
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer
Irene Valles
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Jack Dawn