Rip MacCool has learned early in life that "money talks" (and other stuff walks), as does the audience via flashbacks, and when he arrives in San Francisco, he has no qualms about being ...
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A rebellious socially-conscious man travels to Nepal to find his dead-beat dad. There, he meets Jane, a beautiful hippie girl hooked on drugs. He's forced to steal artifacts for his father's slimy employer to earn money to help Jane.
In 1865, three escaped Confederate POWs are coerced into joining an offshoot of Quantrill's raiders who are planning to rob a Union gold shipment concealed in a civilian wagon train going from Santa Fe to St. Louis.
Rip MacCool has learned early in life that "money talks" (and other stuff walks), as does the audience via flashbacks, and when he arrives in San Francisco, he has no qualms about being ruthless in business, and his first fast-deal bilks Ada Stritch out of her hotel. A combination of shrewd deals and playing the stock market builds him a financial empire. He marries Lily Douvane, who presents him with a child, but Lily has some ambitions of her own and leaves him, taking a sizable chuck of his money on the way out. He soon marries Zoe Carnot, his son's nurse, loses and wins a fortune again, but sinks into gloom when Zoe dies giving childbirth. He keeps piling up the money and he soon as most of it in San Francisco, and there is about to be a run on the bank, operated by Ada Stritch (from way back there), and the city and its citizens face ruin. Rip puts up his fortune against the bank and a hand of cards dictates winner-takes-all.Written by
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At the opening, the town bank is in trouble, and Ada Strich, the owner (Mercedes McCambridge) is playing poker. MacCool, the man across the table, (David Brian) makes her an offer she can't refuse to try to save the bank. She thinks she knows her opponent well enough to tell if he is bluffing or not. Then we start taking a trip down memory lane in flashbacks, so see how we got to where we are today. Apparently they had quite a past, and Ada has never forgotten a minute of it. MacCool himself had been way up high, and flat out broke, so he was the player of the day. As the various people in the room speak, we learn they all had a past with MacCool. Then about halfway through, we are treated to a snooze of a song What Can a Poor Maiden Do, performed by Arlene Dahl. While done well, yet in a very stiff manor, it sure brought the film to a screeching halt. Should have left it out. Same goes for Up in a Balloon, sung by Monica Lewis... As the story continues, we find that they had more dealings together over the years. McCambridge had JUST won her Oscar for All the Kings Men; She and Brian would both have long careers in Hollywood, but Brian ended up doing mostly television series work during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Some fun faces appear in the story - Lon Chaney Jr and Barbara Billingsly as a drunk who talks too much. Even Percy Helton, who you will recognize by his voice! he appeared in millions of films, but about half the parts were uncredited. (in "Straight", he records a deed when someone sells property.) Fun film, for a period piece. Better than I expected. Directed by Gerald Mayer, nephew of Louis B.
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