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Five Card Stud
     

Five Card Stud

Director: Henry Hathaway, Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens

Cast: Henry Hathaway, Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens

 

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Henry Hathaway's tense western Five Card Stud comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this disc difficult to recommend to

Overview

Henry Hathaway's tense western Five Card Stud comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making this disc difficult to recommend to anyone who is not a genre enthusiast. Fans of Dean Martin or Robert Mitchum may find this Paramount title of interest.

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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:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0097360673746
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs; Dolby Digital: English Mono, French Mono; English subtitles; Menus; Scene selection

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]

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