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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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Mary
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Benson Tropp
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Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
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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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Jason Robards plays a character named Henry Drummond. In 1988 he would play a character with the same name in the completely unrelated TV movie version of Inherit the Wind (1960). 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 »

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Benson Tropp: Any man gets himself married is automatically stupid. Denny's just refusing to stay stupid. He just don't ever see his wife.
Otto Habershaw: Words of wisdom from the confirmed bachelor.
Benson Tropp: Confirmed and reconfirmed. I hate women.
Otto Habershaw: I believe you. You've buried enough of them.
Benson Tropp: Sure I did. I put them back where they belong.
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Ma Blushin' Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)
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From the Broadway musical "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" (1900)
Written by Edgar Smith and John Stromberg
Performed by Marilyn Powell
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Delightful little treasure
1 June 2000 | by (Lowell, Mass.) – See all my reviews

Comedy-drama about annual monster poker game in Texas. Henry Fonda plays a poker player on the wagon, but he gets into the game anyway. His performance is excellent, conveying complicated, conflicting emotions. Joanne Woodward, as Fonda's wife, has grit, with a sweet Virginia accent

The film's visual style revealed the director's TV background: lots of angled two- and three-shots. Lee Garmes was the cinematographer, and he gives the film a deep, rich look.

First rate supporting cast does tend to yell too much. And twist ending isn't that much of a surprise, but it's neat anyway.

This picture is a treasure! Who knew?


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