Route 66 - Eleven The Hard Way (1961)
This episode of the CBS television program "Route 66" shows American silver dollars still in
circulation in 1961 at the Reno Nevada Mapes Hotel-Casino.
The programs were filmed on location, and provide a look at how some cities and towns appeared
in the early 1960's.
They are hired to provide security for a professional gambler who has been recruited to win money
for a small Nevada mining town.
The Mapes Hotel has since been torn down.
The small Nevada mining town of Broken Knee loses it's only industry when the mine closes.
2. Broken Knee mine
The residents head for the town hall to hold a meeting to decide what to do.
3. Town meeting
This scene was filmed at Virginia City's Piper's Opera House.
The city officials decide to remodel the town as a tourist attraction which they need $35,000 to do.
He claims to have been a professional gambler and won large sums in the past.
The town treasurer Edward Andrews, who was against the scheme, and another offical call on Walter.
4. Asking Walter to help
Walter doesn't like the scheme and tells the men it is like shooting dice and throwing
"eleven the hard way" which means both dice having the same number and adding to eleven.
Walter finally agrees and he and Edward head for Reno with a suitcase full of cash.
5. Walter, Edward, Buz, and Tod in cafe
Edward opens the suitcase to get a bill to pay for the meal.
6. Suitcase full of money
These appear to be standard Mexican Revolution motion picture stage money bills.
Since the 1920's, motion picture companies have used these notes, reprinted from
Mexican Revolution (1910-1925) notes issued by the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.
An actual Mexican Revolution Sonora state note reverse:
7. Mexican Revolution Sonora note reverse
Four local men sitting in the cafe see an opportunity and accost Walter and Edward.
Tod and Buz thwart the robbery attempt and Edward hires the pair to watch Walter and the money.
They agree to meet at the Mapes Hotel-Casino in Reno.
8. The lads arrive in Reno
They park their 1961 Corvette and head for the hotel.
9. The Mapes Hotel-Casino
The Mapes Hotel-Casino opened in 1947 as the first hotel-casino combination in the country.
It closed in 1982 due to competition from larger and more modern casinos.
The building was torn down in 2000.
10. Buz, Walter, Edward, Tod ready for action
There are real silver dollars on the table, a sight not seen since 1964.
11. Silver dollars on table
Nevada casinos used real silver dollars then.
The ones on the table are of both types, Morgan (lower left) and Peace (center).
Peace dollars were made from 1921 to 1935.
they became worth more for their silver than their face value.
12. Walter ready to shoot
Casinos usually used chips for amounts above one dollar but cash was acceptable.
13. US $10 bills on casino table
These are real US $10 bills as the US Treasury regulation against showing real money
in films and on television had been repealed the previous year.
14. Walter shoots
Walter starts off by winning and then starts losing money.
He eventually loses the town's money and leaves and the other men head for their hotel room.
He tries to convince Walter to try again with some remaining funds, but Walter says that
a new person is needed.
First Walter has to show Edward how the dice game or craps works.
15. Instructing Edward in the game
The men head down to the casino again.
16. Edward starts shooting
Casino craps table employees watch the action.
17. Mapes Casino table employees
"Western" wear was popular then, especially in Nevada.
One man wears a belt buckle with a silver dollar in it.
18. Pile of chips and silver dollars
Morgan and Peace dollars and Mapes five-dollar chips are visible and not a credit card in sight.
A Mapes Hotel-Casino five-dollar chip:
19. Mapes Hotel-Casino Reno Five Dollar Chip
Obverse and reverse:
Blue plastic casino gambling chip with red, yellow, and white stripes, 39mm, 10.62gm
Figures of two people in western dress
HOTEL MAPES / CASINO / $5 / RENO NEVADA
20. Edward in action
Edward starts losing money and Walter tries to talk him into quitting.
21. Walter talks to Edward
Edward comes to his senses and asks Walter to cash in the chips.
22. Mission accomplished
Martin Milner as Tod Stiles
George Maharis as Buz Murdock
Walter Matthau as Sam Keep
Edward Andrews as Francis Oliver
Writers: George Clayton Johnson, Herbert B. Leonard