The Gamblers!

30 Apr

An EFB Four Score News Report:

Wouldn’t this have been wunderbar!

Dostoyevsky: Directed by Max Reinhardt! Starring Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson and Basil Rathbone!!!!

Film Daily – Ralph Wilk – April 30, 1947

Feodor Dostoievsky’s celebrated novel, The Gamblers will be directed for Warners by Max Reinhardt with a stellar cast including Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and Basil Rathbone.

Louella O. Parsons
Los Angeles Examiner – May 3, 1937

You can’t blame Warners for becoming enthused over Edward G. Robinson all over again since the previews of Kid Gallahad, for Eddie is really swell! There’s not going to be any letdown either, for now he is scheduled for Max Reinhart’s The Gamblers, and what a cast they are recruiting for Dostoievsky’s famous novel, with Eddie, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and Basil Rathbone heading the list! Milton Krims, who scripted Green Light, and Harold Heinz arecollaborating on the screen play that unites almost every big star on the Warner lot. It goes into production in a few weeks and precede’s Flynn’s
Robin Hood.

Here’s a lushly produced version from 1977:
What roles do you think Errol, Bette, Edward G., and Dear Baz would have played in the Max Reinhart version?

And here’s a loose adaptation of the novel(la) from MGM, titled “The Great Sinner”, with Gregory Peck and a stunningly gorgeous Ava Gardner, leading a cast of acting legends, including Ethel Barrymore, Melvin Douglas, Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead, and Frank Morgan.

— Tim


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  1. shangheinz

    April 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm


    Theatre Zampano Max Reinhardt, inventor of Hedy Lamarr giving her her first role at Viennese Theater an der Joefstadt 2 years before she experienced “Extasy” on the screen, could have made Errol`s hopes of becoming a serious actor come true.…

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 2, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      This is Hedy stuff, zampanoheinz. Danke.

      In addition to the Max interesting Flynnian intersections of Lamarr and DeHavilland, let us not forget the great Paul Graetz, Errol’s Murder in Monte Carlo costar.…

      While we’re talking Teutonic, I suspect that Master of Innuendo Ernst Lubitsch (having fun on the left of Frau Reinhardt) would have been a terrific director for the Master of Mulholland.


      • shangheinz

        May 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm


        Unfortunately, Cigarman Tim, Lube sided with Coop. And his buddy Billy Wilder took on William Holden for a Flynn substitute. Fred Zinneman, the third of the European Triumvirate dating back to Vienna and Berlin days, favoured Burt Lancaster from the bunch of swashbuckler successors. The three director amigos would greet each other with “How are you doing, Old Plumroaster”, which actually is a local Austrian side dish.