|1980 - 1994
The TV movie The
Gambler (1980) starred Kenny Rogers as Brady
veteran frontier cardsharp who helped out Billy
Montana (Bruce Boxleitner), a
fledgling gambler with a
knack for getting into trouble.
A series of successful sequels followed, including:
- The Gambler II - The Adventure
Continues (1983) featuring the fastest female gun in the West
- The Gambler III-The Legend Continues
(1987) where the Gambler meets such historical notables
as Sitting Bull (George American Horse) and Buffalo Bill (Jeffrey
- The Luck of the Draw -The Gambler Returns (1991) which
featured the biggest card game in history and cameos from such
classic TV western characters as Lucas McCain, a.k.a. "The
Rifleman" (Chuck Connors), Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine), Bat
Masterson (Gene Barry), and Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly)
- The Gambler V: Playing For Keeps (1994) with Kenny
Rogers returning as cardsharp Brady Hawkes who searches for his
19-year-old son who quit a New England prep school to join the
Hole in the Wall Gang.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series is based on
Kenny's Rogers hit song "The
Gambler" (1978) whose chorus tells us:
"You got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run.
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done."
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