THE CINCINNATI KID (1965) C widescreen 102m dir: Norman Jewison
w/Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Joan Blondell, Rip Torn, Jack Weston, Cab Calloway, Jeff Corey, Olan Soule
From The Movie Guide: "An attempt to do for poker what THE HUSTLER did for pool, THE CINCINNATI KID succeeds on its own, but it might have been a classic with some more attention paid to the script and, perhaps, a little humor sandwiched in to relieve the suspense.
"McQueen is The Kid, a formidable gambler who has built a strong reputation among those in the know. He's in New Orleans, hustling small-timers and about to go east to Miami when Robinson rolls into town looking for some action. Robinson is 'The Man,' acknowledged to be the king of poker. ...
"A marathon card game takes place, beautifully directed by Jewison, photographed by [Philip] Lathrop, and edited by Hal Ashby. Even if you don't understand the game, you'll be biting your nails. Excellent supporting work is provided by Joan Blondell as Lady Fingers, a blowsy blonde dealer. In his accustomed role as the desk clerk, look for Olan Soule, a small, elderly man with a young voice. Soule, whom Jack Webb used often in his [Dragnet] TV series, was 'Mr. First-Nighter' during the halcyon days of radio."