In "Winner Lose All," a gambler makes a deal with a casino owner, but his luck changes when he gets too greedy.
The story begins in Las Vegas, where a gambler named Bob Richards walks into the office of casino owner Walter Carlin. Mr. Richards proclaims that he has a winning system for roulette, and that he can give Mr. Carlin the publicity and excitement that his casino desperately needs.
Mr. Carlin agrees to the plan. He will allow Mr. Richards to win $200,000 at the tables on the condition that the house holds the money and that, in the end, Mr. Richards will only receive $50,000.
For the next month, everything goes as planned. The casino's profits go up and the deal is paying off. That is, until Mr. Richard's winnings reach $179,00, and he decides to leave--with all of it.
Can Mr. Richards escape with the money?
"Winner Lose All" is one of those 1950's Suspense episodes that tries to be an Escape episode. The characters are typical of Suspense, but the story seems more like Escape, particulary the ending, wherein the gambler is forced to keep playing and playing against his will... (but Escape would have ratcheted up the desperation to make us FEEL it.) The production also has one of Escape's directors and a couple of its regular actors...even the music at the end is similar.
"Winner Lose All" was written by Ross Murray and produced/directed by William N. Robson. John Lund starred. Also appearing were Rita Lynn, Lou Merrill, Eddie Marr, Jack Kruschen, and Sam Pierce. This episode aired on April 27, 1958.
(Photo of John Lund from nndb.com)