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5 Card Stud (1968)

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

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Marguerite Roberts (screenplay), Ray Gaulden (from a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Van Morgan
Robert Mitchum ... Rev. Rudd
Inger Stevens ... Lily Langford
Roddy McDowall ... Nick Evers
Katherine Justice ... Nora Evers
John Anderson ... Marshal Dana
Ruth Springford ... Mama Malone
Yaphet Kotto ... Little George
Denver Pyle ... Sig Evers
Bill Fletcher Bill Fletcher ... Joe Hurley
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Cooper
Ted de Corsia ... Eldon Bates
Don Collier ... Rowan
Roy Jenson ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Card Stud See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Mitchum said he turned down the role of Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969) in order to make this film. See more »

Goofs

A black man would not have been allowed to work as a bartender for white people in the 19th century. See more »

Quotes

[explaining why a murdered black man should be allowed to be buried in the graveyard with deceased whites]
The Rev. Jonathan Rudd: Well, they all look alike to the worms.
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Soundtracks

Title Song
(5 Card Stud)
Sung by Dean Martin
Lyric by Ned Washington
Music by Maurice Jarre
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Great murder mystery western
27 February 1999 | by MartaSee 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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