The Gambler Returns: Luck Of The Draw

  • 1991
  • Movie
  • Western

The fourth made-for-TV Western inspired by Kenny Rogers's C&W hit "The Gambler" is also one of the jauntier entries in the series. In 1906, several card sharks look forward to one last poker game in San Francisco before Uncle Sam bans gambling. Burgundy Jones (Reba McEntire) misleads professional player Brady Hawkes (Kenny Rogers), telling him she already...read more

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The fourth made-for-TV Western inspired by Kenny Rogers's C&W hit "The Gambler" is also one of the jauntier entries in the series. In 1906, several card sharks look forward to one last poker game in San Francisco before Uncle Sam bans gambling. Burgundy Jones (Reba McEntire) misleads professional player Brady Hawkes (Kenny Rogers), telling him she already has the $100,000 stake he needs to enter the competition. Meanwhile, Brady's best buddy, Ethan Cassidy (Rick Rossovich), barely escapes marriage to Ruby Roy Bean (Juli Donald), daughter of notorious hanging judge Roy Bean (Brad Sullivan). Burgundy, Ethan and Brady travel together to Dodge City, where Brady plays a quintet of pros for a $100,000 pot and wind. Unfortunately, Cade Dalton (Jere Burns) and his gang are also in town and when the haul from the Dodge City Bank proves disappointing they decide to rob Burgundy of Brady's winnings. Brady's fiercest poker rival, Lute Cantrell (Christopher Rich)' has the same idea, but Vrady ditches his traveling companions and escapes. Burgundy and Ethan try to earn their fare to San Francisco, and catch up with Brady first at a bronco busting competition and later at a prize fight promoted by Diamond Jim Brady. Unfortunately for Ethan, Judge Roy Bean and his jilted daughter are also there and while Ethan tries to escape the marital yoke again, Brady battles Lute and Cade for Burgundy’s $100,000. Can Brady and his coveted stake make it to San Francisco in time for the game? This nostalgic Western features cameos by TV-Western series icons Gene Barry (of the Bat Masterson series) and Hugh O'Brian (Wyatt Earp); because they're snugly integrated into the plot, they give a little extra oomph to what's otherwise a conventional but spirited chase scenario.

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  • Released: 1991
  • Review: The fourth made-for-TV Western inspired by Kenny Rogers's C&W hit "The Gambler" is also one of the jauntier entries in the series. In 1906, several card sharks look forward to one last poker game in San Francisco before Uncle Sam bans gambling. Burgundy Jo… (more)

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