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Aces and Eights (1936)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Western | 6 June 1936 (USA)
A cardsharp comes to the aid of a Mexican family.


Sam Newfield


George Arthur Durlam (original story) (as Arthur Durlam), Joseph O'Donnell (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Tim McCoy ... 'Gentleman' Tim Madigan
Luana Walters ... Juanita Hernandez
Rex Lease ... Jose Hernandez
Wheeler Oakman ... Ace Morgan
J. Frank Glendon ... Amos Harden (as Frank Glendon)
Charles Stevens ... Captain Felipe de Lopez
Earle Hodgins ... Marshal (as Earl Hodgins)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Lucky
Joseph W. Girard ... Don Julio Hernandez (as Joseph Girard)


Tim Madigan (Tim McCoy), gentleman gambler who never carries a gun, exposes a card sharp cheating Jose Hernandez (Red Lease.) Later, the gambler is shot after being knocked unconscious by Tim. Through circumstances, Jose thinks he did the killing, while Marshal Tom Barstow (Earle Hodgins) thinks Tim is the guilty party.Tim takes refuge at the ranch of Don Hernandez (Joseph Girard) and his daughter Juanita (Luana Walters), not knowing the youth he befriended is the runaway son of the family. Saloon owner Amos Harden (J. Frank Glendon) and gambler Ace Morgan (Wheeler Oakman), who sat in on the card game preceding the murder, are plotting to acquire the Hernandez ranch by means of a forged document. Harassed by the Marshal, who is seeking to unravel the murder mystery, Tim persuades Jose to return home. Tim then wins enough in a poker game with Harden and Morgan to save the Hernandez ranch. He stakes his winnings against Harden's saloon and wins with aces-and-eights, known throughout the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gentleman Tim Deals A Death Hand In A Crooked Game!


Action | Crime | Western


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6 June 1936 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


The bartender in two separate saloon scenes, can be heard asking patrons "another one?" every five seconds. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Wild Bill Hickok was a gunfighter who almost triumphed over death. His gun was drawn, his thumb had cocked the hammer, his cards were neatly stacked. It held two pair. And so it was from then on, aces and eights were called "the death hand." Cast in the same mold was another who, unlike Wild Bill, never carried a six-shooter, preferring to let agile fingers do his talking. From the Missouri to the Rockies he was known as Gentleman Tim Madigan and the aces and eights that spelled ...
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Music by Clarence Gaskill
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More story than action, but Tim McCoy makes it worth seeing
3 March 2017 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Tim McCoy was a real Westerner, a great horseman, and a better actor than most people might think, those considering him "just" a B Western star.

This Western is flawed by several Gringos trying, not very successfully, to play Mexicans, but there are many intriguing characters and a complex plot in a story set in Spanish-heritage California and Nevada to more than make up for the flaws.

The major locale is Rawhide, Nevada, a real town, now a ghost town, but it once looked like this: http://www.westernmininghistory.com/towns/nevada/rawhide

Perhaps the biggest flaw is Rex Lease, who gives good performances in other movies, but here he fails with a Mexican accent, and has trouble mounting his horse.

More than compensating for Lease is Earle Hodgins, here called Earl. Often cast as a fast-talking carnival or medicine-show barker, his role here as a marshal is different, perhaps (and reminding in some ways of John Cleese's playing a sheriff in "Silverado"), but he is a capable enough actor to pull it off beautifully.

Possibly the most intriguing note, though, is from the great Karl Hackett, who not only narrates at the beginning of "Aces and Eights," but plays that most famous holder of a poker hand of aces and eights, Wild Bill Hickok. And he doesn't even get screen credit.

Wheeler Oakman plays the slimy Ace Morgan, and as usual he makes us believe he really is despicable, in a great performance.

"Aces and Eights" is a flawed movie, with some obviously dubbed-in sound effects and an identical shot of a poker-hand close-up used at least three times.

But it stars Tim McCoy. All I ever need to know is It Stars Tim McCoy.

I'll watch it, and I'll recommend it. It Stars Tim McCoy, and it's available at YouTube.

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