Dick Powell is Mr. Smooth as Willie Dante, the Gotham club owner with gambling in the back room in this minor but entertaining episode. I saw it in the rerun format dubbed "Star Performance", and it's an effective time-killer.
Dante plays good samaritan when he sees a couple of creepy con men attempting to bilk oil man Stuart (Paul Smith) and his bride Molly (Gloria Winters) on their honeymoon in the Big Apple. The baddies are involving Stuart in private poker games at their hotel, but with the assistance of his club employees Dante works a sting on them, saving the day.
Dick Carr's screenplay is as ephemeral as they come, but offers nice dialog and bon mots for Powell and his trusty straight man Alan Mowbray. When Powell donned his producer's hat and spun off the Dante character in 1960 for Howard Duff to star in the title role series, Mowbray was retained.
Acting is fine, with both Winters and Smith convincing as the bumpkins from Texas.
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