When a friend of theirs is severely beaten due to gambling debts, Starsky and Hutch go undercover as high rollers to investigate illegal gambling at the Marlborough Health Club.

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Clay Hilliard
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When a friend of theirs is severely beaten due to gambling debts, Starsky and Hutch go undercover as high rollers to investigate illegal gambling at the Marlborough Health Club.

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7 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Capt. Harold Dobey: [on the $1000 voucher for flash money at the crooked craps game] Here's your voucher for one thousand. Try not to lose it all.
Det. Dave Starsky: Lose it?
Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: Captain, you're looking at a couple of aces in a world full of jokers.
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Melanie Griffith and John Carradine
12 November 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

In "The Action," a close friend (James B. Sikking) receives an unwarranted 'massage' from the Marlborough Health Club (which few others have survived), forcing Starsky and Hutch to enter into a high stakes gambling den of vice. The head man (Richard Venture) has cleverly eluded detection by holding the games in the back of a moving van constantly on the go. A stroke of luck lands them $18,000 to start with, but after a disastrous first night, they must turn to The Professor (John Carradine) for tips on how to beat the house at switching dice. At this stage of his lengthy and distinguished career, the veteran scene stealer John Carradine was often required to provide necessary exposition playing experts on something or other; here, moustachioed and wearing a t-shirt, he has two short scenes that take place on a massage table, offering up the Las Vegas background on the chief villain, with a winking nod to 'The Bard' in praise of his enormous masseuse. 20 year old Melanie Griffith is cast as Sikking's blonde daughter, who enjoys playing pranks on Starsky, even dropping an ice cube down his shirt front during one payoff.


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