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The Big Con 

The Dodge City Bank's acting manager loses $20,000 of the bank's money when he imprudently makes a loan secured by a seemingly "can't lose" poker hand. Matt makes it apparent to the three "... See full summary »

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Shaneways
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The Dodge City Bank's acting manager loses $20,000 of the bank's money when he imprudently makes a loan secured by a seemingly "can't lose" poker hand. Matt makes it apparent to the three "players" that he believes they actually worked together to defraud the bank, so they flee Dodge with Doc as a hostage. Written by Sam Spear

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3 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Raymond Bailey plays a con man that defrauds a banker. A few years later he would play the well-known banker Mr. Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962). See more »

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Chester: [Tastes freshly-brewed coffee] Ooooh! That's just as smooth as a widow's kiss!
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22 June 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The set-up is a good one. Dillon watches as inexperienced banker Papp loans 20 thousand to gambler Shaneways on basis of a poker hand with four aces. Trouble is Dodge can't afford to lose that much from their bank, but how can they lose with four aces, especially when the bank is promised a profit of 4 thousand in return. Then again, Doc says he's seen the poker players before. So what's Matt going to do.

It's a clever premise, convincingly performed. Note that the script has substitute banker making the reckless loan and not regular banker Botkin who's away. That wrinkle makes such a big loan more believable. However, Dillon's strategy once the action moves to the prairie is rather hard to follow, maybe because of the murky staging. Nonetheless, the final scene makes revealing use of the big empty, the rolling plains of the Kansas frontier.


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