Dick is running a late night poker school and a money exchange for passengers but collapses from the stress of it all and needs bed rest. He gets Duncan to take over but Duncan fumbles the ... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
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Charlie
David Crosse ...
First Poker Player
Leonard Woodrow ...
Second Poker Player
James Marcus ...
Eddie
John Grieve ...
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Desmond Stokes ...
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John C. Wright ...
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Dick is running a late night poker school and a money exchange for passengers but collapses from the stress of it all and needs bed rest. He gets Duncan to take over but Duncan fumbles the exchange, giving the passengers overly generous rates and is hopeless at poker, losing to Captain Loftus, who finds out about it and wants to be included. Finally Duncan collapses from exhaustion - as does the purser. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 May 1974 (UK)  »

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The floating casino!
7 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

More medical fun aboard the M.S. Begonia.

Dick Stuart-Clark is running a nightly poker game involving himself, some of the passengers - in particular, Charlie ( Harry Towb ) - and crew. He even has an arrangement with the steward to provide sandwiches, giving him an excuse to go outside and peer in through the window, thus seeing the other players' cards. All Duncan wants to do is get some sleep. But the late nights prove too much for Dick in the end, and he collapses. Duncan agrees to hold the fort until his friend is well enough to return...

A good episode. As you'd expect, Duncan lacks Dick's expertise when it comes to fleecing other people, and the whole racket falls to pieces. When he agrees to exchange their dollars for pesetas, he gets the exchange rate badly wrong, and winds up badly out of pocket. Harry Shackleton, who plays one of the passengers, was patient 'Mr.Wimberly', in episodes of 'In The House' and 'At Charge'. The late Harry Towb was a familiar face through numerous film and television series, including the 'Dr.Who' story 'The Seeds Of Death' in 1969.

Funniest moment - an angry Loftus discovering the poker game in progress. "I am appalled!", he bellows: "How dare you run a game and not think to invite me!". And with that, he sits down to play.


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