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Aces and Eights (1936)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Western | 6 June 1936 (USA)
A cardsharp comes to the aid of a Mexican family.



(original story) (as Arthur Durlam), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Juanita Hernandez
Jose Hernandez
Ace Morgan
Amos Harden (as Frank Glendon)
Captain Felipe de Lopez
Marshal (as Earl Hodgins)
Don Julio Hernandez (as Joseph Girard)


Tim Madigan (Tim McCoy), gentleman gambler who never carries a gun, exposes a card sharp cheating Jose Hernandez (Red Lease.) Later, the gambler is shot after being knocked unconscious by Tim. Through circumstances, Jose thinks he did the killing, while Marshal Tom Barstow (Earle Hodgins) thinks Tim is the guilty party.Tim takes refuge at the ranch of Don Hernandez (Joseph Girard) and his daughter Juanita (Luana Walters), not knowing the youth he befriended is the runaway son of the family. Saloon owner Amos Harden (J. Frank Glendon) and gambler Ace Morgan (Wheeler Oakman), who sat in on the card game preceding the murder, are plotting to acquire the Hernandez ranch by means of a forged document. Harassed by the Marshal, who is seeking to unravel the murder mystery, Tim persuades Jose to return home. Tim then wins enough in a poker game with Harden and Morgan to save the Hernandez ranch. He stakes his winnings against Harden's saloon and wins with aces-and-eights, known throughout the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gentleman Tim Deals A Death Hand In A Crooked Game!


Action | Crime | Western


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6 June 1936 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


The bartender in two separate saloon scenes, can be heard asking patrons "another one?" every five seconds. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Wild Bill Hickok was a gunfighter who almost triumphed over death. His gun was drawn, his thumb had cocked the hammer, his cards were neatly stacked. It held two pair. And so it was from then on, aces and eights were called "the death hand." Cast in the same mold was another who, unlike Wild Bill, never carried a six-shooter, preferring to let agile fingers do his talking. From the Missouri to the Rockies he was known as Gentleman Tim Madigan and the aces and eights that spelled ...
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Danger Cry
Music by Edward Kilenyi and William Spielter
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Solid B Western
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie starts out with interesting stock footage of a wagon train and a very brief over narration telling about settling the west and the saga of Wild Bill Hickok and the significance of "aces and eights" as the hand Wild Bill was holding when he was shot and killed. Gentleman Tim Madigan (played by "he with the steely stare" McCoy) is a famous card sharp that travels the west with his sidekick Lucky (Aubrey). There are posters out warning other gamblers to be aware and avoid playing with Madigan - this even though he's an honest gambler and doesn't even carry a gun. Soon after riding into town, Madigan sees a crooked card sharp cheat a young Spanish man, nicknamed appropriately enough, "Spanish". Later the crooked gambler is shot and killed, "Spanish" thinks he did it and Madigan is accused of doing it. Madigan and Lucky are befriended by – and befriend – the Hernandez family. As it happens, "Spanish" is the Hernandez son. The family has been scammed out of their ranch. Madigan comes to the Hernandez family's assistance and plays poker in order to try and win back the deed. With the exception of Luana Walters (how did she keep getting roles?), the supporting cast is uniformly good as was McCoy. The running gag with Lucky that if he throws a seven with the dice, it will be a good day and if not, it won't be was a nice touch. Of special note is Earl Hodgins as Marshall Tom Barstow – his performance was very entertaining.

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