The Cincinnati Kid is the fastmoving story of a burningly-ambitious young rambling-gambling man who challenges the king of stud poker to a showdown for the champ title of The Man. Adapted from Richard Jessup's realistically-written novel, it emerges a tenseful examination of the gambling fraternity.

The Cincinnati Kid is the fastmoving story of a burningly-ambitious young rambling-gambling man who challenges the king of stud poker to a showdown for the champ title of The Man. Adapted from Richard Jessup’s realistically-written novel, it emerges a tenseful examination of the gambling fraternity.

Martin Ransohoff has constructed a taut, well-turned-out production. In Steve McQueen he has the near-perfect delineator of the title role. Edward G. Robinson is at his best in some years as the aging, ruthless Lancey Howard, champ of the poker tables for more than 30 years and determined now to defend his title against a cocksure but dangerous opponent. The card duel between the pair is dramatically developed through gruelling action, building in intensity as the final and deciding hand is played.

Ring Lardner Jr and Terry Southern have translated the major elements of the book, changing, however, tome’s St Louis locale to a more picturesque New Orleans background. They have added a key situation, too, to point up the game – Karl Malden, in part of Shooter, dealer for the game, is forced by another gambler holding his markers to slip cards to the Kid so he’ll cinch his victory. The Kid senses what’s going on and eases Malden from his post.

The Cincinnati Kid

Production

M-G-M. Director Norman Jewison; Producer Martin Ransohoff; Screenplay Ring Lardner Jr, Terry Southern; Camera Philip H. Lathrop; Editor Hal Ashby; Music Lalo Schifrin;; Art Director George W. Davis, Edward Carfagno

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Steve McQueen Edward G. Robinson Ann-Margret Karl Malden Tuesday Weld Joan Blondell
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