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The Cincinnati Kid ()


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An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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The Cincinnati Kid
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Melba
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Shooter
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Christian
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Lancey Howard
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Lady Fingers
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Slade
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Pig
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Yeller
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Hoban
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Felix (as Theo Marcuse)
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Sokal
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Mr. Rudd
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Cajun (as Emile Genest)
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Danny
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Mrs. Rudd
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Mrs. Slade
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Dealer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Albin ...
Referee (uncredited)
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Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
John Barton ...
Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
James J. Casino ...
Poker Player (uncredited)
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Old Man (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ...
Slade's Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Philly (uncredited)
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Gambler - First Game (uncredited)
Daniel Elam ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
Sweet Emma ...
Blues Singer (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Wesley Gale ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ...
Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Ken Grant ...
Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
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Hustler (uncredited)
Claude Hall ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Virginia Harrison ...
Employee (uncredited)
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Poker Player (uncredited)
Harry Hines ...
Old Man in Pool Hall (uncredited)
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Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
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Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
Breena Howard ...
Cajun's Woman (uncredited)
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Gambler - First Game (uncredited)
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Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ...
Danny's Henchman (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ...
Poker Player (uncredited)
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Poker Player (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ...
Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
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Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
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Old Man in Pool Hall (uncredited)
Barry O'Hara ...
Eddie (uncredited)
Brett Pearson ...
Gambler - First Game (uncredited)
Joyce Perry ...
Mrs. Hoban (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ...
Railroad Worker (uncredited)
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Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
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Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Gambler - First Game (uncredited)
Joseph B. Stewart ...
White Man at Funeral Parade (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Bettor (uncredited)
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Second Bettor (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ...
Old Man (uncredited)
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Howard Wendell ...
Charlie (uncredited)
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Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
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Second Player (uncredited)
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Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Norman Jewison

Written by

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Richard Jessup ... (novel "The Cincinnati Kid")
 
Ring Lardner Jr. ... (screenplay) and
Terry Southern ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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John Calley ... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff ... producer

Music by

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Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

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Philip H. Lathrop ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Hal Ashby

Art Direction by

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Edward C. Carfagno ... (as Edward Carfagno)
George W. Davis

Set Decoration by

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Henry Grace
Hugh Hunt

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Donfeld

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
John Truwe ... makeup artist
William Tuttle ... makeup artist
Jay Sebring ... hair designer: Steve McQueen (uncredited)

Production Management

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Austen Jewell ... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kurt Neumann ... assistant director
Lynn Guthrie ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank Wesselhoff ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor

Stunts

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Archie Butler ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Armbruster ... conductor
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Milt Bernhart ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Frank Capp ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Ray Charles ... musician: vocals (uncredited)
Victor Feldman ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Arthur L. Frantz ... musician-french horn (uncredited)
Justin Gordon ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Willis Holman ... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Jerrold Immel ... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Barney Kessel ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
John Kiltzmiller ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Keith Mitchell ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Red Mitchell ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan ... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld ... musician: violin (uncredited)
John Pisano ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin ... conductor (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In 1930s New Orleans, the Cincinnati Kid, a young stud poker player who travels from one big game to the next, stopping along the way up with various girls, is pitted against the legendary champion card-sharp Lancey Howard in a high-stakes poker game. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines A RAMBLING - GAMBLING MAN ... ! ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le Kid de Cincinnati (France)
  • El rey del juego (Spain)
  • Cincinnati Kid (Poland)
  • Ο χαρτοπαίκτης (Greece)
  • Højt spil i New Orleans (Denmark)
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  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Edward G. Robinson wrote in his autobiography, "In the film I played Lancey Howard, the reigning champ of the stud poker tables...I could hardly say I identified with Lancey; I was Lancey. That man on the screen, more than in any other picture I ever made, was Edward G. Robinson with great patches of Emanuel Goldenberg [his real name] showing through. He was all cold and discerning and unflappable on the exterior; he was ageing and full of self-doubt on the inside....Even the final session of the poker game was real...I played that game as if it were for blood. It was one of the best performances I ever gave on stage or screen or radio or TV, and the reason for it is that is wasn't a performance at all; it was symbolically the playing out of my whole gamble with life." See more »
Goofs Set in the 1930s, the women have obvious 1960s hairstyles. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Ann-Margret: Från Valsjöbyn till Hollywood (2014). See more »
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Quotes Lancey Howard: Gets down to what it's all about, doesn't it? Making the wrong move at the right time.
Cincinnati Kid: Is that what it's all about?
Lancey Howard: Like life, I guess. You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around you're second best. You might as well learn to live with it.
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