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5 Card Stud (1968)

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

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Complete credited cast:
... Van Morgan
... The Rev. Jonathan Rudd
... Lily Langford
... Nick Evers
... Nora Evers
... Marshal Dana
... Mama Malone
... Little George
... Sig Evers
Bill Fletcher ... Joe Hurley
... Dr. Cooper
... Eldon Bates
... Rowan
... Mace Jones
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After a card shark is caught cheating, he is taken out and lynched by the drunkards he was playing against. Soon afterwards, the men who were in the lynch mob start being murdered, one after another; all by hanging, strangling, or smothering. Who will be killed next and who is responsible? Is it one of the original party seeking to cover their accursed deed, or perhaps the mysterious Rev. Jonathan Rudd, who has recently arrived in town? Written by Alfred Jingle

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A card cheat was hung... then all hell broke loose! See more »


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22 November 1968 (France)  »

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Robert Mitchum narrowly escaped being crushed by a falling camera during filming. See more »

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When Van Morgan is playing poker in the opening scene he has a shirt on with two pockets that button down. The next morning after he crawls into town after being hit on the head the night before he has on a shirt with one pocket. See more »

Quotes

Van Morgan: Wanna do me a favor Mama?
Mama Malone: Depends.
Van Morgan: If I'm not back by dark, will you flip that last chair up?
Mama Malone: What if you do get back?
Van Morgan: Well, I'll just sit down and play me some cards - for money.
Mama Malone: About time. A man don't work, he ain't respectable.
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5 Card Stud
Sung by Dean Martin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Maurice Jarre
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Great murder mystery western
27 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Murder mystery westerns don't come along every day, and while this one is kind of slow moving, it's still a great movie.

Dean Martin is cool and steady as the gambler who takes part in a game of five card stud that turns deadly. When he tries to stop the lynching of a cheating player, he's overpowered. Soon after the lynching, every one in the game is methodically murdered in the most inventive ways. One man is strangled with barbed wire, another is drowned in a flour barrel, etc. Dean spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out who's doing the killing.

While Dean is great, Roddy McDowall is fantastic as the sniveling brother of Dean's girlfriend. He's a mean, cowardly, lying weasel, and no one ever played a weasel better.

Yaphet Kotto is fine as the bartender, and Inger Stevens has a small, shining role as the local purveyor of tonsorial delights (a barber). Robert Mitchum comes into the film a little late; while he's straight and true as the scripture-spouting preacher who sweeps out the long abandoned church and begins hold services, you know he's hiding something.

All in all a fine film. Maybe a little too long, though; the whole movie doesn't amount to much more than enjoyable entertainment, but the actors and the acting in it make this really worth watching.


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