5 Card Stud

Synopsis: After a card shark is caught cheating, he is taken out and lynched by the drunkards he was playing against. Soon afterwards, the men who were in the lynch mob start being murdered, one after another; all by hanging, strangling, or smothering. Who will be killed next and who is responsible? Is it one of the original party seeking to cover their accursed deed, or perhaps the mysterious Rev. Jonathan Rudd, who has recently arrived in town?
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: Paramount Pictures
103 min

- Four|- Pair of jacks.

Two sevens.


Jacks bet.


Play for fifteen.

I'm out.




- Five.|- Fold.

Deal me out.|I'll be back for the next turn.

Same game, five card stud.


...when I deal, I like to start|with all fifty-two cards.

There's only one thing worse|than a crook, that's a clumsy crook.

Keep the money,|just give me my horse.

- You'll get your horse and a rope.|- No, hey...!

- Who was shooting?|- It turned into a hanging party.

- Hanging who?|- The new man, for cheating.

You kick a cheat out of town,|not lynch him.

What the hell are you doing?

Hey, George.|Wake up and get out here.

Lay still, boy. Come on.

Get him up to his room. Let me know|if he needs anything, except brains.

How come you didn't hear|when they dumped me there?

I sleep pretty good sometimes.

No questions about last night?

I knew what was gonna happen,|and it did.

They weren't just five men, they|were a mob. I tried to stop them.

I believe you.

When a gambler lets his game|wind up in a killing,

pretty soon he don't have a game.

You know anything about this?

What about you?

Was there a game downstairs|after I closed up last night?

Maybe you're right at that.

But I don't know, I can't swear to it.

You know, I always wanted|to bust into that glass

to find out what your hole card was.

What do you think it was?

Ace of diamond.

I think you had your royal flush.

So did the other man.|But he folded, so he never found out.

- Where you heading?|- Anywhere, to leave this place behind.

But first I got to deliver a message.

- Finish packing for me?|- All right.

- Morning, Mr Evers.|- Hello, Van.

Stoney, Mace. How are you feeling?

- Never better.|- Same. How are you?

I'd say come and visit me,|but I know better.

- My daughter's in, go on up.|- Thank you.

What are you doing out in the sun?|You sleep all day.

- I had to get up early to pack.|- Pack?

You're always coming or going.|When will you decide to stay?

People who stay have no place to go.|Where's your brother?

If you're going to say|goodbye again, say it.

- Goodbye.|- Say it properly.

All right... There.

That was one wore-out,|no-account kiss.

How was that?

Fine, but you wasted it.|I don't plan to come back this time.

It wasn't wasted.|You enjoyed it. And you'll be back.

Nora, you're the most foolish thing|in the world, a good woman.

Why foolish?

She'll push herself up against|a man till he forgets she's good.

- Then she expects marriage.|- How else would she end up?

With me she could end up|picking hay from her dress.

Wanna bet?

Don't gamble on my better instincts.|I don't have any.

I just have instincts.


Nick! Van wants to see you.

Here I am. How do I look?

From up here, just about right.

You two have been fighting|each other for years.

What's your reason this time?

We don't need a reason.

I got one. I don't like him.

Do you think about|that card player much?

Just all the time.

Big mistake,|getting wound up with a gambler.

- You gamble right along with him.|- But not for a living.

What do you do for a living?|Sit around till you own the ranch?

Only half of it.|The other half will go to you.

Just giving you|some brotherly advice.

You're not worried about me,|just about yourself.

If Van was my husband,|you couldn't run him. He'd run you.

No way.|I've had a gutful of that from Dad.

You could get along better with Dad|if you tried. And with Van, and everybody.

Why don't they try|to get along with me?

- Hello, Van.|- Marshal.

- Any news on the hanging?|- Nothing to hang anybody with.

- I don't even know his name.|- What do you do in a case like that?

You bury the man,|but keep him in mind.

- You're off to Denver. Going for long?|- Depends on Denver.

- Everybody in for Denver!|- Why are you going?

In my business,|you gotta follow the play. So long.

All right, Charley.

Pair of fives. Nine.

- Fives bet.|- I'll bet ten.

From what I read,|you left Rincon too soon.

I don't know. That gold strike|improves nothing to damn little.

You'll miss the easy pickings.

There's no easy pickings|till they get it out of the ground.

There's no easy pickings|in Denver, either.


- Ma.|- Fred.

There's only one kind|of people I don't like: strangers.

That's not a stranger,|that's progress.

Sure. They tell me he's bringing in|a long mahogany bar.

Real long. When the front end gets here,|the rear end will still be in St Louis.

You stand to lose customers.

The ones I've been getting|I'd just as soon lose.

Whatever happens over there,|my place stays the same:

good liquor,|a few card games and no girls.

- You might lose all your customers.|- Then to hell with them.

My name is Jonathan Rudd.

I come from God's House,|just a little way up the street.

The House is ready for use,|to hear God's word.

If He's only got one, I'll be there.

First services will begin|on Sunday morning at 9 a. m.

You're all invited:

the drunk, the sober,|the big and little sinners,

the clean and the unwashed.

The many who'll come to scoff|and the few who'll come to pray.

You can count on me, Parson.

I'm the dirtiest, drunkest,|most sinful fella the Lord ever saw.

There'll be a place for you.|There was a seat for Judas.


- Deal.|- Who's Judas?

Let's get to gambling.

O, come, sinner, come|there's room for thee

Hark, 'tis God's home

O, come and receive salvation free

Hark, 'tis God's home

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Marguerite Roberts

Marguerite Roberts (21 September 1905 – 17 February 1989) was an American screenwriter, one of the highest paid in the 1930s. After she and her husband John Sanford refused to testify in 1951 before the House Un-American Activities Committee, she was blacklisted for nine years and unable to get work in Hollywood. She was hired again in 1962 by Columbia Pictures. more…

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