Harden and Morgan are after Hernandez's rancho. They lend money to his son Jose which is then won back in a crooked poker game. But the notorious card sharp Tim Madigan now posing as Tom Harrington steps in to help Hernandez. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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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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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