A writer tells the people in a café about a woman who fell in love with a compulsive gambler in less than 24 hours. The film is loosely based on Stefan Zweig’s 100 page novella, 24 Hours of a Woman’s Life. Starring Merle Oberon, Richard Todd, Leo Genn
Merle Oberon plays the beautiful widow who falls for the handsome young gambler, Richard Todd. She is convincing, even within an unlikely story, although at times I wondered if she was truly in love with him or just trying to save him from his gambling habit. This questionable element carries through to the characters, who find themselves wondering the same thing at the end of the movie.
This film didn’t receive rave reviews, but I liked it. It is the quintessential love story, simply told. It is worth a watch.