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In 1930s New Orleans, the Cincinnati Kid, a young stud poker player who travels from one big game to the next, stopping along the way up with various girls, is pitted against the legendary champion card-sharp Lancey Howard in a high-stakes poker game. Written by
In the opening card game of 5 card stud, the pot of money is shown at the dealer's left side of the table, then after a brief shot of The Cincinnati Kid's face, it is shown in the center of the table, barely in view. (at about 4:14) See more »
[Slade blackmails Shooter into cheating on his dealing so the Kid will beat Howard]
Hey, why are you doing this? It can't be for money.
Yes, for my kind of money, gut money. I wanta to see that smug old bastard gutted. Gutted!
Like he gutted you.
Yes, that's right, that's right!
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The opening scene is riveting. Well cast with Robinson, McQueen and Malden in top form and most supporting roles convincing. The flavor of old New Orleans is undeniable.
The plot line is a familiar one - - the new lion challenging the old king, this time at a poker table. The results are not predictable and the action leading to the climax is gripping.
Subplots support the main story line even though the female characters are just a bit too glamorous to be believable. The novel the movie is based upon is rather spare and a great deal of the dialog and minor actions were added when the screenplay was written.
A most enjoyable and satisfying motion picture!
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