Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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A professional craps player (who is habitually broke) is offered backing of up to $1,000,000 to play for a wealthy Southerner who has the goal of winning $200,000 from a Las Vegas casino. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Frank Fenton (teleplay), Fred F. Finklehoffe (story) (as Fred Finklehoffe)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kelly ... Pete Braven
Pat Hingle ... Ed Caldwell
Nancy Kovack ... Melinda Davis
Monica Lewis ... Mrs. Caldwell
Barry Atwater ... Karl Hagen (as G.B. Atwater)
Steve Ihnat ... Pit Boss
Grace Lee Whitney ... Blonde
Quentin Sondergaard Quentin Sondergaard ... Barman (as Quent Sondergaard)
Cal Bartlett ... Barry (as Calvin Bartlett)
Forrest Lederer Forrest Lederer ... Stickman
Irving Burns Irving Burns ... Jock
Juney Ellis Juney Ellis ... Woman Player (as June Ellis)
Bob Jellison ... Small Man
Kay Riehl Kay Riehl ... Old Lady
Ford Lile Ford Lile ... Piano Player
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Storyline

A professional craps player (who is habitually broke) is offered backing of up to $1,000,000 to play for a wealthy Southerner who has the goal of winning $200,000 from a Las Vegas casino. If successful they will split the winnings evenly. Complications include the craps players' love interest-and her boyfriend. Written by dubchi

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roncom Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It's okay.
5 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Kraft Suspense Theatre" is directed by Sydney Pollack and stars Jack Kelly as a professional gambler named Pete. He's approached by a rich guy named Ed (Pat Hingle) and is offered a really BIG stake at the gambling table. Using Pete's know-how, they're able to clean up. However, there are many complications including that Ed is a complete jerk and Pete's new girlfriend has a nasty boyfriend.

This story is only moderately interesting. The acting is good and Pollack's direction is just fine. But the story itself just isn't quite as interesting as the average episode of the series and the big twist wasn't that much of a surprise.

By the way, this episode is interesting because it has three "Star Trek" actors in it: Steve Ihnat, Nancy Kovack and Grace Lee Whitney. Only Whitney was a recurring character (Yeoman Rand) but Kovack and Ihnat are VERY memorable for their appearances as Nona ("A Private Little War") and Lord Garth ("Whom Gods Destroy").


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