Spun off from Kenny Rogers’ country-western tune, the Gambler
franchise was a reliable TV-movie ratings grabber.
Celebrated gambler Brady Hawkes (Rogers) is en route by train from El Paso to Yuma, where he's going reunite with his son, Jeremiah (Ronnie Scribner). He's keeping a low profile, offering gallant assistance to fellow passenger Jennie Reed (Lee Purcell), a lovely widow, and privately chastising tin-horn adventurer Billy Montana (Bruce Boxleitner), for cheating, though only after extricating Billy from a stand-off with card sharks. Brady declines Billy’s tempting offer to compete in a five card stud competition in San Francisco in favor o...