Five Card Stud

Five Card Stud

Director: Henry Hathaway

Cast: Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum play deadly adversaries in this curious mixture of the western and mystery genres. During a poker game in Rincon, Colorado, a stranger in the game is lynched for cheating. One of the gamblers, Van Morgan (Dean Martin), tries to prevent the lynching but is rebuffed and promptly leaves town. Soon a gold rush hits Rincon, bringing all

Overview

Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum play deadly adversaries in this curious mixture of the western and mystery genres. During a poker game in Rincon, Colorado, a stranger in the game is lynched for cheating. One of the gamblers, Van Morgan (Dean Martin), tries to prevent the lynching but is rebuffed and promptly leaves town. Soon a gold rush hits Rincon, bringing all manner of men and women -- including self-ordained preacher, Rev. Jonathan Rudd (Robert Mitchum) and brothel madame Lily Langford (Inger Stevens). Learning that two of the men in the poker game have been murdered, Van returns to Rincon to find out why. Once in town, Van is diverted from his investigation by the attentions of Lily and of Nora Evers (Katherine Justice). But when two more of the poker game's participants are killed, Van must spring into action to track down the killer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Five Card Stud deserves credit for trying something new with the Western, namely combining it with a typical murder mystery story. Unfortunately, screenwriter Marguerite Roberts and original author Ray Gaulden seem to think that just grafting the two genres together is all that was needed. After coming up with a viable gambit -- a Ten Little Indians-style serial murder among the participants of a particularly unfortunate poker game -- the writers didn't follow through. There's far too little mystery in the mystery, with the identity of the killer fairly obvious and the red herrings equally so. There's also a bit too much padding, especially in the unconvincing manner in which the initial killings turn the town of Rincon inside out and produce open warfare. By this point in his career, Henry Hathaway had been involved with enough westerns that he could have directed Stud with his eyes closed. This turned out to be both a positive and a negative. On the plus side, there are several sequences which reveal his sure hand and experience; on the minus side, things feel a bit tired and the flic drags far too often. The cast tries hard, with Robert Mitchum taking top honors and Dean Martin coming off much better than might be expected. But Roddy McDowall flounders, and Inger Stevens and Katherine Justice have to contend with parts that are quite poorly written. And Maurice Jarre has provided what surely is one of the worst and most inappropriate scores ever written for a Western. Stud holds some interest, but on the whole it falls far short of the mark of a good "oater."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
UPC:
0032429061805
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:42:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Joe Hurley
Whit Bissell Dr. Cooper
Ted de Corsia Eldon Bates
Don Collier Rowan
Jerry Gatlin Stranger
Chuck Hayward O'Hara
Robert Hoy Actor
Roy Jenson Mace Jones
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Wells
Boyd "Red" Morgan Fred Carson
George Robotham Stoney
Hope Summers Woman Customer

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Fred Gammon Asst. Director
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Low Editor
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Walter Tyler Production Designer
Hal B. Wallis Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Smell of Rope [6:13]
2. Goodbye Again to Rincon [8:41]
3. God and Mister Colt [7:46]
4. "That Ain't No Accident" [5:10]
5. Langford's Tonsorial Parlor [12:34]
6. Murder in Rudd's Church [10:59]
7. Heartless [11:36]
8. Protection of the Gun [11:18]
9. Settling With the Bartender [6:52]
10. Something From the Good Book [7:21]
11. The Remaining Player [9:44]
12. A Kiss That Lasts a Week [4:13]

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >