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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.

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Don Julio Hernandez (as Joseph Girard)
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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!

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Action | Crime | Western

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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 »

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

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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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Music by Floyd St. Clair
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Dead Man's Hand
6 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Aces And Eights with its rather unnecessary prologue of why the poker hand of Aces and Eights is called the dead man's hand is a somewhat overplotted western starring Tim McCoy. It was made for a fly by night outfit called Puritan Pictures that had as its logo a picture of the guy that looked like the guy on the Quaker Oats cereal box.

Everybody who knows any western lore knows that Wild Bill Hickok was holding that hand when he was shot in the back. But Tim McCoy plays a somewhat different western hero, he carries no gun and he's on a mission to expose card cheats.

He exposes a couple of them and in the process gets accused of murdering one of them. He's got Marshal Earl Hodgins on his trail and Hodgins for once is not a comic foil.

A rare western indeed having a hero who carries no gun for its time. Still a little too much plot in this B picture horse opera for the Saturday matinée crowd.


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