Aces and Eights (June 6, 1936)

Tim McCoy in Aces and Eights
 

Released June 6, 1936: (running time 61 minutes) A professional poker player is accused of killing a card sharp that cheated.

Produced by Sigmund Neufeld

Directed by Sam Newfield

The Actors: Tim McCoy ('Gentleman' Tim Madigan), Luana Walters (Juanita Hernandez), Rex Lease (Jose 'Spanish' Hernandez), Wheeler Oakman (Ace Morgan), J. Frank Glendon (Amos Harden, owner of the Gold Dollar saloon), Charles Stevens (Captain Felipe Ricardo Rodriguez Hernando de Lopez), Earle Hodgins (Marshal Tom Barstow), Jimmy Aubrey (Lucky, Tim's sidekick), Joseph W. Girard (Don Julio Hernandez), Barney Beasley (barfly), Frank Ellis (Deputy), Jack Ellis (deputy), Oscar Gahan (gambler), Karl Hackett (Wild Bill Hickok, prologue narrator), Jack Kirk (gambler), Clyde McClary (Saloon swamper), John Merton (card sharp), Milburn Morante (patrolman), Artie Ortego (patrolman), Fred Parker (bartender), Tom Smith (spectator), Robert Walker (croupier)

 

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The Gambler, the SeƱiorita, and the Cup of Gold Coins

When I was a youngster, and even a young adult, I never missed a chance to watch the television re-runs of Maverick, with James Garner as a professional gambler who muddles his way through the west, always getting into trouble himself, and at the same time getting poor victims of other gamblers and gangsters out of trouble. I never thought I'd ever find a cowboy western movie that had the spirit of Maverick, but I have found one, and this is it!

As our story opens, we learn about the origins of the term ‘aces and eights’ - the hand that Wild Bill Hickock had in his hand when he was shot in the back and killed by an enemy. But that deadly hand was a very lucky hand for the poker player in this movie, and it provided that salvation for the Hernandez Rancho, and helped prove two men innocent of murder.

Gentleman Tim Madigan, played by Tim McCoy, is one of the best-known poker players and card cheaters in the west, but he seems to be a pretty good-natured fellow, and only cheats other cheaters. Tim exposes a card cheater, but before the two men can fight it out, the town marshal runs them both out of town.

Unfortunately, someone kills the card cheater that Tim exposed, and Tim will be hunted down and accused of killing the card sharp. When the marshal finds Tim and tells him that the man is deader than his Aunt Emma’s chances at matrimony, Tim goes into hiding at the Hernandez ranch while he tries to clear his name. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins, Charles Stevens
Earle Hodgins, Charles Stevens
Earle Hodgins, Frank Ellis
Earle Hodgins, Frank Ellis
Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins
J. Frank Glendon
J. Frank Glendon
J. Frank GLendon, Joseph W. Girard
J. Frank GLendon, Joseph W. Girard
J. Frank Glendon, Wheeler Oakman
J. Frank Glendon, Wheeler Oakman
J. Frank Glendon
J. Frank Glendon
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
Jimmy Aubrey
John Merton
John Merton
John Merton
John Merton
Joseph W. Girard
Joseph W. Girard
Joseph W. Girard, Luana Walters
Joseph W. Girard, Luana Walters
Joseph W. Girard, Wheeler Oakman
Joseph W. Girard, Wheeler Oakman
Joseph W. Girard
Joseph W. Girard
Karl Hackett
Karl Hackett
Luana Walters
Luana Walters
Luana Walters, Tim McCoy
Luana Walters, Tim McCoy
Luana Walters, Wheeler Oakman
Luana Walters, Wheeler Oakman
Rex Lease
Rex Lease
Rex Lease, Luana Walters, Joseph W. Girard
Rex Lease, Luana Walters, Joseph W. Girard
Rex Lease, Tim McCoy
Rex Lease, Tim McCoy
Rex Lease
Rex Lease
Rex Lease
Rex Lease
Rex Lease
Rex Lease
Tim McCoy
Tim McCoy
Tim McCoy, Jimmy Aubrey
Tim McCoy, Jimmy Aubrey
Tim McCoy, Luana Walters, Rex Lease
Tim McCoy, Luana Walters, Rex Lease
Tim McCoy, Rex Lease
Tim McCoy, Rex Lease
Tim McCoy, Wheeler Oakman
Tim McCoy, Wheeler Oakman
Tim McCoy
Tim McCoy
Wheeler Oakman
Wheeler Oakman
Wheeler Oakman, Earle Hodgins
Wheeler Oakman, Earle Hodgins
Wheeler Oakman, J. Frank Glendon
Wheeler Oakman, J. Frank Glendon
Wheeler Oakman, Jimmy Aubrey
Wheeler Oakman, Jimmy Aubrey
Wheeler Oakman, Joseph W. Girard
Wheeler Oakman, Joseph W. Girard
Wheeler Oakman
Wheeler Oakman