Ethel, Lucy and Tilly are women in their 50s. They spend the summers in NYC and the winters in Abilene, TX. They know one another because they belong to the same club. They have all come to Reno. They don’t have much money but Ethel and Lucy hope to make some money gambling, and Tilly hopes to find a rich husband.
The smoky casino is full of the sounds of dice being thrown, people talking, glasses clinking, slot machines and gamblers shouting, “This is a hot one!” Ethel and Lucy are having a terrific time playing craps and making sky high bets. They want to show their husbands what good gamblers they are and want to have their own money to spend how they want. After this, they hope to go to Monte Carlo to do some more gambling. Before coming to Reno, they agreed that if either of them wins big, they will split the money.
Lucy throws the winning dice and wins $250,000! You can see it coming. After her win, Lucy announces she won’t share the money with Ethel after all. When Ethel becomes upset, Lucy just says, “Too bad. That’s life. (This has been Lucy’s pattern.) Ethel is not happy about the situation but she goes along with it. (This has been Ethel’s pattern.)
When Lucy’s husband finds out about the money, he wants to use it all to buy new golf clubs. Lucy wants to buy new curtains for the bedroom instead, so she decides to kill her husband. Will she get away with it?