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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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Jesse Buford
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Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
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Toby
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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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Big Deal at Dodge City  »

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Trivia

This movie was initially written for television as "Big Deal in Laredo". See more »

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The songs in the final scenes, "Ma Blushin' Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)" and "Hello, Ma Baby" (aka "Telephone Rag") were both written around 1899-1900, whereas the action in the film takes place around 1880. See more »

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Henry Drummond: Now then, why is Celie marrying you?
Arthur McKenzie: Because she love...
Henry Drummond: [cutting him off] Because she's homely as a lemon and just as sneaky as her old lady, and every man sets foot in this house needs just one look to figure it ain't worth 40,000 acres and a soft spot for the rest of his life.
[looking at Arthur for a reaction]
Henry Drummond: Is that what you were going to say?
Arthur McKenzie: [after a thoughtful pause] Yes, sir.
Henry Drummond: Arthur, I want you to light out of that window right there... and shimmy down the rain pipe and get on my horse ...
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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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A Big Hand for the Little Lady
14 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This top-notch comedy western is both entertaining and unforgettable. Its stellar cast of veteran American actors present a magnificent example of ensemble acting. Burgess Meredith in particular turns in a virtuoso performance. Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards anchor the film with delightful portrayals.

The surprise plot twist at the end does jar the emotions a little, but is in keeping with the fun and mischievous spirit of the film. Definitely more stylish and funnier than "The Sting". Action, adventure, comedy, suspense ----- this well-crafted tale has it all. It deserves the term "classic".


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