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Aces and Eights (1936)

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

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Luana Walters ...
Juanita Hernandez
Rex Lease ...
Jose Hernandez
Wheeler Oakman ...
Ace Morgan
J. Frank Glendon ...
Amos Harden (as Frank Glendon)
Charles Stevens ...
Captain de Lopez
Earle Hodgins ...
Marshal (as Earl Hodgins)
Jimmy Aubrey ...
Lucky
Joseph W. Girard ...
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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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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22 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

It's always amazing to me the number of small film companies there were in the 30s. This one was done by Puritan Pictures which produced a handful of westerns for about 2 years.

The guy who owned the company, however went on to produce the side kids and even the Superman serial in the 40s. He even produced some Elvis movies and Roy Orbison's only film.

But you want to know about this movie right? Not much to say. It's really cheaply made and not especially well acted.

the story is silly and in all you'll likely be bored.

Guess this is why TV killed the motion picture.


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