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“A Real Cool Hand”

Posted on May 03, 2012 in Articles

Over the past few decades, countless television shows and movies have included cards made by The United States Playing Card Company.

One of our favorite films with a USPC cameo is Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman as an anti-establishment character assigned to a Florida prison road gang in the 1960’s. After losing, but enduring, in a fight with the leader of the prisoners (played by George Kennedy), Newman engages in a famous scene involving a card game.

While playing stud poker, Newman successfully bluffs out the other prisoners one at a time until he wins the pot. When his hand is revealed, the players see that Newman stayed in with “nothing.” The cards in use during the game? They were “Bee” ® (No. 67) cards made by The United States Playing Card Company.

The line that ends this classic scene? “Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”