The year is 1860, the great sin is gambling, and the sinner (Peck) is a young novelist, 'Fyodor', if you will. Isherwood had a hand in the script, which unceremoniously culls episodes and characters from Dostoevsky's youth, Crime and Punishment, and The Gambler. Unfortunately, this prestigious MGM production is heavy-going and overdone. Moorehead plays a bleary pawnbroker; Barrymore, Morgan and Huston are roulette fiends; Gardner is the love interest. They're all out of luck.
Cast and crew
Ladislas Fodor, Christopher Isherwood
Gregory Peck Ava Gardner Melvyn Douglas Walter Huston Agnes Moorehead Ethel Barrymore Frank Morgan