Inside this seductive world, gamblers find themselves pulled into a web of deception.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ottaviano ...
Johnny (as John J. Polce)
Michael T. Kelly ...
Billy (as Jen Outerbridge)
Joe Fishback ...
Norma Ruth ...
Joe Beadles ...
Joseph Pinckney ...
Cabbie 1 (as Joseph Pickney)
Arnie Cox ...
Cabbie 2
Tony Fabozzi ...
Harry Burney ...
Mr. Batu (as Harry L. Burney III)


Cameron King has gotten a hold of the Emperor's Pearl, a large and valuable gem. He is planning to hold an auction, where the minimum bid is a million dollars. Only very wealthy criminal bosses have seats at the bidding table. The police have coerced young Catherine Tracey to win King's heart over, and learn the secrets of King's casino and operation. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <>

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Cameron King: Katharine Tracey. Spencer Hepburn. That's very clever.
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22 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

King's Ransom involves a heist and it's a more modern combination of Ocean's 11 and The Sting. A pair of much better films.

The problem was that while I like surprise and tricky endings the writers fell in love so with the idea they kept it going and going. After a while it became really hard to follow this thing.

The object of all this is Miles O'Keeffe who is a club owner who has drinks and dancing on his first floor, illegal gambling on his third floor that only a select few get into and he has a sideline in robbery. Right now he has a valuable stolen pearl that he's trying to sell privately for a most exclusive group of bidders, some of whom are getting inpatient. Fred Ottaviano plays O'Keeffe's number 2 and is fanatically devoted to his boss's interest, a little too fanatically at times.

Deedee Pheiffer is a photographer who gets a job at the club and uses the old charm to worm her way into O'Keeffe's affections. There's also Christopher Atkins who is a bartender who also has an agenda going. And the police who'd like to bust O'Keeffe on anything.

Let's just say everyone has their own scheme here. King's Ransom may resemble Ocean's 11 and The Sting, but not nearly as good as either of the others.

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