Bob Hoy's Movies
Five Card Stud
Directed by Henry Hathaway
It begins with a friendly game of stud poker among six men who know each other and one stranger in a saloon in a mining town. Van Morgan (Dean Martin) deals himself out and heads out back of the saloon. The stranger is caught cheating by the others, who promptly decide on frontier justice at the end of a rope. Leading the lynch mob is Nick Evers (Roddy McDowell).
Into town rides the Reverend Jonathan Rudd (Robert Mitchum) a few days later. He is no ordinary preacher, as townsfolk begin to discover, by the way he handles a gun and carries himself in the face of danger.
One by one, the members of the midnight poker party begin dying. Not easy, clean deaths but vile, vicious deaths as befitting a revenge-seeking killer. Only the original poker players know why and they are not talking, so the deaths stir up the town. Everyone begins to think they might be next. It becomes a cat-and-mouse game for the remaining poker players to find the murderer before they can become his next victim.
Bob plays the Deputy Marshal of the town. He has the unfortunate task of trying to disarm a rioting miner named Rowan, played by Don Collier. Don played Sam Butler (Bob's brother) in The High Chaparral. Actor Yaphet Kotto (one of the poker players) also made a guest appearance on The High Chaparral.