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Season 1 Episode 34

The Gambler (2)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 1971 on PBS
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The Gambler (2)
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Alexei Ivanovitch is a tutor in the household of a Russian general in the 1860s, and he is addicted to gambling. He swears he will quit as soon as he breaks even - but of course that will never happen. He is trying to break through the wall of the established order and is drawn into the whirlpool of the roulette wheel. Polina Alexandrovna is the woman Alexei loves. His tangled love affairs and complicated life centre on the fatal attractions of gambling, both at home in Russia and at the fashionable German watering holes.moreless

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    Philip Madoc

    Philip Madoc

    Marquis de Grieux

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    Maurice Roëves

    Maurice Roëves

    Alexei Ivanovitch

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    Georgina Ward

    Georgina Ward

    Polina Alexandrovna

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      • Dostoyevsky himself was a compulsive gambler, but he could usually recover his losses by getting down to work.

        The Gambler was written under pressure from a greedy publisher and with the rights to all of his previous works at stake. Dostoevsky dictated the book in four weeks of the year 1866 to the star pupil of a Moscow short-hand school. And then he married her.

      • Dostoyevsky himself was a compulsive gambler, but he could usually recover his losses by getting down to work.

        The Gambler was written under pressure from a greedy publisher and with the rights to all of his previous works at stake. Dostoevsky dictated the book in four weeks of the year 1866 to the star pupil of a Moscow short-hand school. And then he married her.

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