The Queen of Spades
The Queen of Spades (1949)

A supernatural tale based on a short story by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, this is the portrayal of a poor Captain in the Russian army in the nineteenth Century. His comrades in arms play cards nightly, but he cannot afford to join them… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 30, 1949
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Variety Staff

Opulence of Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 19th century provides a colorful background for this filmization of Alexander Pushkin's short story, which brings to the screen a legend of gambling and intrigue.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The Queen of Spades, a stylish, polished melodrama based on the Pushkin novella, is [Thorold Dickinson's] most accomplished film.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Though it does not run as smoothly as other films directed by Thorold Dickinson, it is an outstanding and worthwhile production.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Wild gypsy dancing, shadow lighting and an excellent musical score are well used for mood creation in this weirdly fascinating film.

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Fernando F. Croce

Otto Heller's chiaroscuro cinematography and Oliver Messel's Gothic designs play vital roles in Dickinson's thorough demolition of period genteelness for the horror in it.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

The story develops a morbidly exciting grip thanks to the maniacally superstitious Walbrook and Evans's otherworldly chill -- the funeral scene alone will make you jump.

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Nina Caplan
Time Out

Pushkin's marvellously histrionic tale of cupidity and terrible vengeance gets a suitably wild-eyed treatment in Thorold Dickinson's 1949 film.

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Sheila Johnston
The Arts Desk

The Queen of Spades is a treasured relic of a time when the British cinema momentarily abandoned its good manners and revelled gloriously in visual and emotional excess.

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Peter Momtchiloff
Electric Sheep

I regret to say I think it is more of a curio than a classic.

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