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A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 1 July 1966 (France)
Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow.

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

Sidney Carroll
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Meredith
Joanne Woodward ... Mary
Jason Robards ... Henry Drummond
Paul Ford ... C.P. Ballinger
Charles Bickford ... Benson Tropp
Burgess Meredith ... Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
Kevin McCarthy ... Otto Habershaw
Robert Middleton ... Dennis Wilcox
John Qualen ... Jesse Buford
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Jackie (as Gerald Michenaud)
James Berwick James Berwick ... Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
Allen Collins Allen Collins ... Toby
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Pete
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Drummond
Chester Conklin ... Old Man in Saloon
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Storyline

A naive couple and a child arrive to the town on the way to San Antonio, Texas to buy a farm there. There is a poker game between the richest men in the region. The man cannot resist it and though he is a very bad poker player, enters the game betting all the money of his family. In the climax of the game he suffers a heart-attack. His wife then takes his place in the table. That's the only way of recovering their savings. But there is a little problem. Can anybody explain to her how to play poker? Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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All the action you can take...all the adventure you can wish for! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Deal at Dodge City See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eden Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the big hand, the betting sequence violates standard poker etiquette. In succession, several of the players say they "call," and add after that they will raise a specific amount. Proper etiquette requires a player first to say either "call" or "raise." In the latter circumstance, the statement "raise" must be followed by a statement of the amount of the raise. See more »

Goofs

After Meredith gives his poker hand to Mary, she exposes the bottom card in her hand just before she closes the door to the card room. The card exposed is the ten of diamonds. Later, when she reveals her hand to C.P. Ballinger, the banker, all five of the cards in her hand can be seen, none of which is the ten of diamonds. See more »

Quotes

Henry Drummond: My daughter, Celie, was getting married.
Jesse Buford: Celie?
Henry Drummond: That's right! When Tropp come for me, she was in the middle of getting married. And they're holding up the "love, honor and obey" part until I get back.
Dennis Wilcox: You mean you walked out in the middle of the wedding?
Henry Drummond: I did! I ain't been late for the (poker) game in sixteen years and I ain't about to start now... wedding or no wedding.
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Soundtracks

Hello, Ma Baby
(aka "Telephone Rag") (uncredited)
Written by Ida Emerson and Joseph E. Howard
Performed by Marilyn Powell
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Excellent film, strangely underrated...
10 February 2017 | by Horror-yoSee all my reviews

Not that 7.5/10 is a horrible fan average, but this here is a whole lot better than most if not every single similar contorted film that is heralded as an absolute classic.

Why, this should be way up there at the top. It's got every ingredient needed, and is really superbly constructed, down to the little details in dialog, acting and plot.

All actors are superb in their respective, various and well defined roles. The gorgeous, warm Joanne Woodward in particular does superbly well, because it really was no easy task on paper reading the story.

While, as often, the film starts seemingly a little slow, as soon as we're introduced to the main characters it's nonstop, meaningful, captivating to the very last scene action.

Great ending too...

Top notch cinema. 8.5/10.


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