Dean Martin is cast as a frontier gambler and Robert Mitchum plays a frontier parson who woos his congregation with a fast six-shooter.

Dean Martin is cast as a frontier gambler and Robert Mitchum plays a frontier parson who woos his congregation with a fast six-shooter.

Script [from a novel by Ray Gaulden] pits them against one another in the unraveling of whodunit murders, but dramatic buildup suffers thru a premature disclosure of killer’s identity and subsequent lessening of what should have been more potent impact.

Action follows the aftermath of a late night poker game when a stranger is caught cheating and is lynched by five angry players.

Martin injects certain amount of humor into his role and generally acquits himself strongly. Mitchum’s character at times seems contrived but he handles himself well nevertheless. Inger Stevens, playing a gold-rush Delilah who mistresses a stable of lady ‘barbers,’ lends distaff interest, and Katherine Justice is a nice addition as a ranch girl in love with Martin.

5 Card Stud

Production

Paramount. Director Henry Hathaway; Producer Hal B. Wallis; Screenplay Marguerite Roberts; Camera Daniel L. Fapp; Editor Warren Low; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Walter Tyler

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Dean Martin Robert Mitchum Inger Stevens Roddy McDowall Katherine Justice Yaphet Kotto
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