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A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Western

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1 July 1966 (France)  »

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Big Deal at Dodge City  »

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Big Hand for a Little Lady and The Sting (1973) are both movies about swindling big shot gamblers who were used to swindling unsuspecting players. These two movies are also connected by the actors who starred in them. Joanne Woodward, who starred in 'Big Hand', was married (for 50 years) to Paul Newman, who starred in 'The Sting'. See more »

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Sam Rhine says that The five richest men in the territory are in the back room playing for blood. At the time the movie is set, circa 1880, Texas had been a state for about 40 years. See more »

Quotes

Harry Tate: [referring to Tropp] Don't he give a damn what people think, him ridin' around the country in a hearse?
Doc Joseph Scully: If you're the richest undertaker in Texas, you're entitled to a fancy rig, but if you spend your days and nights trying to keep people alive, you ride around in the likes of this.
[he shakes the reins of his carriage]
Doc Joseph Scully: Giddy-up!
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Ma Blushin' Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)
(uncredited)
From the Broadway musical "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" (1900)
Written by Edgar Smith and John Stromberg
Performed by Marilyn Powell
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Big Fun for Everyone!
1 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

When I caught this one on TV, was I sorry I'd missed it during its theatrical release. The whole cast is in top form, especially Paul Ford giving one of his funniest performances. Joanne Woodward never looked lovelier while running the gamut from great distress to the wittiest of high spirits. Too bad her hubby, Paul Newman, couldn't have joined the poker players at the table where most of the action takes place. The production values are quite good but the standout is the ever-reliable David Raksin's lively score...his music for the opening title sequence and at the film's close is terrific! If you haven't seen this one yet, you're in for a treat.


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