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The Great Sinner Details


Based loosely on the Dostoyevsky novel, stars Gregory Peck 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 Robert Siodmak 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 Mervin LeRoy. ~ 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
Eloise Hardt
as Young Girl
Lotte Stein
as Buxom Woman
Charles Wagenheim
as Man with Ring
John Arnold
as Croupier
George Paris
as Soldier
Max Willenz
as Policeman
Ilka Gruning
as Duenna
Kenneth Tobey
as Cabby
Everett Glass
as Pince-nez Man
Fred Nurney
as Porter
Vincent Renno
as Casino Inspector
Joe Ploski
Emil Rameau
as Fearful Old Man
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Fearful Old Woman
Dick Simmons
Leonid Kinskey
as Band Leader
Hannelore Axman
as Staring Woman
Jean del Val
Bert Hanlon
as Porter
Martin Garralaga
as Maharajah
Perry Ivins
Bob Stevenson
Lorraine Crawford
as Pretty Blonde
Frank Jaquet
as Doorman
Wheaton Chambers
as Priest
Sayre Dearing
Irene Seidner
as Woman Vendor
Martha Bamattre
as Woman Fountain Attendant
Lisa Golm
as Elderly Lady
Manfred Furst
as Mr. Huber


Robert Siodmak
Gottfried Reinhardt
Ladislas Fodor
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Book Author
Christopher Isherwood
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