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Doyle Against the House 

Blackjack dealer Eddie Doyle needs money fast. Can he use his skill with the cards to beat the house?

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Himself - Host
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Eddie Doyle
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Chris
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Paul Sander
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Victor
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Arnie
Tony Barr ...
Lew Purcell (as Anthony Barr)
Jennifer Gillespie ...
Sandy
Joey Faye ...
Charlie
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Stanley
Jerry Summers ...
Nelson
Bob Harris ...
Spelling
Josip Elic ...
Gunsel
Mary LeBow ...
Nikki (as Marye LeBow)
Patty Hobbs ...
Pretty Girl (as Patti Hobbs)
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Widower Doyle is a worn down dealer at a gambling dive run by a heartless, bullying gangster. He badly needs $5000 so his little girl might have an operation to mend her crippled legs. The only way he can get it is to set up a crooked game with an accomplice posing as a customer. It's been tried before, leaving that dealer mangled and brain damaged when the boss got through with him. Unfortunately, he has been tipped off this time as well. Written by WesternOne

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Comedy | Drama

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24 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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There were hopes that Milton Berle would win surprise acclaim as a dramatic actor, and this TV drama was given a screening or two as a theatrical release in case there might be a chance of an Oscar. Although he wasn't nominated for an Oscar, Berle was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in this drama. See more »

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Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 5 March 1962 (1962) See more »

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Terrific gamblers tale
15 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

I have not seen many features starring Milton Berle, because he was in many comedies, and I am not fond of comedies. But this is not a comedy tale, folks. Not at all. This is a pure exquisite drama about an old timer, a professional card player who tries to pull a last game against a big shot. A very dangerous bet for him. I don't wish to spoil you this outstanding drama any further. The director Ralph Nelson gives here one of his best tries for the TV industry. Look out the game sequences, so tense, so wonderful, and also don't miss the actors performances. I thought of Fielder Cook's BIG GAME FOR THE LITTLE LADY; remember, starring Henry Fonda. Don't miss this episode


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