When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to ... See full summary »
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 <email@example.com>
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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