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5 Against the House -- The house they're against is Harold's Club in Reno. What begins as a joke ends as a reality when a heist-- planned by Mathews but disapproved of by Madison--goes ahead, with disastrous results.
5 Against the House -- Trailer for this gambling caper

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Director:
Writers:
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
10 June 1955 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Rno Casino and pull off the perfect crime. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Guy Madison ... Al Mercer

Kim Novak ... Kay Greylek

Brian Keith ... Brick
Alvy Moore ... Roy

Kerwin Mathews ... Ronnie

William Conrad ... Eric Berg
Jack Dimond ... Francis Spiegelbauer
Jean Willes ... Virginia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adelle August ... Bit (uncredited)
George Brand ... Jack Roper (uncredited)
Thom Carney ... Young Guard (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Cop (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Casino Guard (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Robbery Suspect (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Jean, Young Woman in Nightclub (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Police Lt. Anderson (uncredited)
Jo Ann Greer ... Kay Greylek (singing voice) (uncredited)
Geraldine Hall ... Cashier (uncredited)
Mark Hanna ... Brad Lacey (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Lift Operator (uncredited)
John Larch ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Jana Mason ... Bit (uncredited)
Carroll McComas ... Mrs. Valent (uncredited)
Don Oreck ... Young Man (uncredited)
Robert Sampson ... Boy (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... Pat Winters (uncredited)
Robert F. Simon ... Old Guard (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Girl (uncredited)
John Zaremba ... Robert Fenton (uncredited)
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Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) &
William Bowers (screenplay) &
John Barnwell (screenplay)

Jack Finney (magazine story)

Frank Tashlin  uncredited

Produced by
Helen Ainsworth .... associate producer
John Barnwell .... producer
Stirling Silliphant .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Lester White (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Harry Smith .... sound
 
Stunts
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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84 min
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Fillm debut of Kerwin Mathews.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In the convertible on the way back to college from Reno, Roy comments that they are "in Kansas somewhere" (with "300 miles to go") but the mountains in the projected background are too way close for that.See more »
Quotes:
Roy:[to Buck] Well, that's the trouble with liquor. You take one drink, and it makes a new man out of you. Then the new man has to have a drink too - quote and unquote.See more »
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Referenced in The Graduate (1967)See more »
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Seven Against the House, 17 January 2007
Author: degatesjr from santa fe

Kim Novak is of course terrific (she rarely phoned one in), and it's an interesting pre-star turn, meaning before PICNIC and VERTIGO, but the rest of the cast is pretty interesting, and particularly Brian Keith---Keith did a lot of 50's B-picture work that's worth watching, if you can find it. The real reason to see this picture is because it's a Phil Karlson. Karlson is one of those guys like Don Siegel, who came up in the studio system just before television. Early live TV produced people like Frankenheimer and Arthur Penn and Paddy Chayevsky, but there were already guys in the trenches like Siegel and Karlson, who got the chance to direct because they could do it quick and cheap, but make a picture look like it didn't come from Poverty Row. (See, for example, Clint Eastwood's PLAY MISTY FOR ME. Eastwood got his shot by rock-bottom budgeting, a lesson he might have learned from Siegel.) Karlson is due for a re-evaluation, along with, say, Budd Boetticher and Burt Kennedy. Siegel seems to be getting his due, not that he couldn't use an occasional boost. But watch this, and maybe THE PHENIX CITY STORY (not a misspelling), and tell me Karlson can't do it tense.

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