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5 Card Stud (1968)

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The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

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After a card shark is caught cheating, he is taken out and lynched by the drunkards he was playing against. Soon afterwards, the men who were in the lynch mob start being murdered, one after another; all by hanging, strangling, or smothering. Who will be killed next and who is responsible? Is it one of the original party seeking to cover their accursed deed, or perhaps the mysterious Rev. Jonathan Rudd, who has recently arrived in town? Written by Alfred Jingle

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From the producer of The Sons of Katie Elder, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Last Train from Gunhill. See more »

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Western | Mystery

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22 November 1968 (France)  »

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Robert Mitchum's character was a variation on his role in The Night of the Hunter (1955). See more »

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When Nick is shot and dumped into the grave there is blood on his upper body, but there is no blood or bullet hole visible on his shirt. See more »

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Van Morgan: You've preached a lot of funerals around here lately. You got something new for this one?
The Rev. Jonathan Rudd: The funeral is for the living, Mr. Morgan. I'll say what his folks want to hear: that Nick Evers was a good son, a good brother, a loyal friend and a respected citizen.
Van Morgan: You think you won't gag on all that?
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Great murder mystery western
27 February 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murder mystery westerns don't come along every day, and while this one is kind of slow moving, it's still a great movie.

Dean Martin is cool and steady as the gambler who takes part in a game of five card stud that turns deadly. When he tries to stop the lynching of a cheating player, he's overpowered. Soon after the lynching, every one in the game is methodically murdered in the most inventive ways. One man is strangled with barbed wire, another is drowned in a flour barrel, etc. Dean spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out who's doing the killing.

While Dean is great, Roddy McDowall is fantastic as the sniveling brother of Dean's girlfriend. He's a mean, cowardly, lying weasel, and no one ever played a weasel better.

Yaphet Kotto is fine as the bartender, and Inger Stevens has a small, shining role as the local purveyor of tonsorial delights (a barber). Robert Mitchum comes into the film a little late; while he's straight and true as the scripture-spouting preacher who sweeps out the long abandoned church and begins hold services, you know he's hiding something.

All in all a fine film. Maybe a little too long, though; the whole movie doesn't amount to much more than enjoyable entertainment, but the actors and the acting in it make this really worth watching.


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