Tod and Buz, driving through Nevada, help protect the bankroll of two men who are from the dried up mining town of Broken Knee. The two men are heading to Reno to try to win enough money at...
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Tod and Buz, driving through Nevada, help protect the bankroll of two men who are from the dried up mining town of Broken Knee. The two men are heading to Reno to try to win enough money at the craps table to fund a project which can save the town. Later in Reno, Tod and Buz end up lending moral and financial support. Written by
That visual opening is a grabber, unlike anything of that time or maybe this. The majestic ore house is framed imposingly against the snow-covered mountains of Nevada. Even for 1961, the wooden monolith amounts to a relic from gold mining's earlier heyday. So how will the dying mining town get the money to transform into a tourist town and stay alive. Can they trust Sam Keep (Matthau) to gamble the town's grubstake into the thousands needed. Besides, he's not too trustworthy which is why fussbudget Oliver (Andrews) goes along to keep him honest. Meanwhile the boys are along for the ride.
It's really a Matthau-Andrews showcase as they take turns mugging it up at the craps table in Reno. Watch the versatile Andrews transform from scowling skeptic to sweating player once gambling fever takes hold. Of course, the Runyonesque Matthau is perfectly cast and comes through in spades. On the downside, the boys have little to do, especially Tod. Plus, there're no shapely girls to ease the eyes. Nonetheless, there's enough plot and character color to hold interest in typical 66 fashion.
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