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A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Approved | | 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.

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Meredith
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Mary
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Benson Tropp
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Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
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Robert Middleton ...
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Jesse Buford
Jean-Michel Michenaud ...
Jackie (as Gerald Michenaud)
James Berwick ...
Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
Allen Collins ...
Toby
Jim Boles ...
Pete
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Mrs. Drummond
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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 her how to play poker? Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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Rule of the game: you must sit in from the beginning! And it's the wildest poker game in the west! See more »

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1 July 1966 (France)  »

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Big Deal at Dodge City  »

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Director Fielder Cook had liked James Berwick's performance so much that he insisted Berwick reprise his television role of barman Sam Rhine in this film, despite his lack of cinema experience. This was Berwick's only screen role of any note, all other appearances being bit parts. See more »

Goofs

After Meridith 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 are 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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Referenced in Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies (1982) See more »

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Hello, Ma Baby
(aka "Telephone Rag") (uncredited)
Written by Ida Emerson and Joseph E. Howard
Performed by Marilyn Powell
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The best card playing movie I've seen
11 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Well, this movie certainly beats the pants off watching THE CINCINNATI KID (the only other poker movie I can think of off the top of my head). It is a very unusual film set in the old West about a family passing through town and the head of the family who gets suckered into playing a high-stakes poker game and seems on the verge of losing everything. And, at the crucial moment when he is on the edge of either winning or going bust, he becomes too ill to continue and his wife, by default, is brought in to take his place.

The movie, despite the BRIEF overview I gave, is far deeper and is a super-intelligently written film. There are many wonderful twists and turns, but if I let it out of the bag, it would ruin it for you. Just give the movie a chance--it's a buried treasure.


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