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Sidney Carroll (written by)
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Release Date:
1 July 1966 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Rule of the game: you must sit in from the beginning! And it's the wildest poker game in the west! See more »
Plot:
Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Meredith

Joanne Woodward ... Mary

Jason Robards ... Henry Drummond

Paul Ford ... C.P. Ballinger

Charles Bickford ... Benson Tropp

Burgess Meredith ... Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)

Kevin McCarthy ... Otto Habershaw
Robert Middleton ... Dennis Wilcox

John Qualen ... Jesse Buford
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Jackie (as Gerald Michenaud)
James Berwick ... Sam Rhine (as James Kenny)
Allen Collins ... Toby
Jim Boles ... Pete

Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Drummond

Chester Conklin ... Old Man in Saloon

Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Craig

Ned Glass ... Owney Price

James Griffith ... Mr. Stribling
Noah Keen ... Sparrow
Milton Selzer ... Fleeson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Barfly Doc Talks To (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mark Allen ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Barfly (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Barfly (uncredited)
John Breen ... Barfly (uncredited)
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Price (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Barfly (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Barfly (uncredited)
William Cort ... Arthur (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Harry Tate (uncredited)
Tony Giorgio ... Steamboat (uncredited)
Louise Glenn ... Celie Drummond (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ... Barfly (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Barfly (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Kevin McKenzie (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Barfly (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Rt. Rev. Mr. Monckton (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Barfly (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Townsman (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ... Mrs. Stribling (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jackie Minty ... Preston Drummond (uncredited)
Gerry Okuneff ... Barfly (uncredited)
Marilyn Powell ... Singer (uncredited)
John Roy ... Barfly (uncredited)
Kenneth Sanborn ... Saloon Bystander (uncredited)
Chick Sheridan ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Henry Slate ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Ted Smile ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Barfly (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Barfly (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Cashier (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Fielder Cook 
 
Writing credits
Sidney Carroll (written by)

Produced by
Fielder Cook .... producer
Joel Freeman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs  (as George Rohrs)
 
Production Design by
Robert S. Smith  (as Robert Smith)
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Production Management
Joel Freeman .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
 
Art Department
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Ward Preston .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett A. Hughes .... sound (as Everett Hughes)
 
Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Raksin .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Norman Stuart .... dialogue supervisor
Doris DeHerdt .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Big Deal at Dodge City" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
95 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
In the big hand, the betting sequence violates standard poker etiquette. In succession, several of the players say they "call," and add after that they will raise a specific amount. Proper etiquette requires a player first to say either "call" or "raise." In the latter circumstance, the statement "raise" must be followed by a statement of the amount of the raise.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Toward the end of the movie, the banjo players are playing five-string banjos which didn't exist until well after the turn of the century.See more »
Quotes:
[upon being offered a poker hand as collateral]
C.P. Ballinger, Banker:Forty-six years ago, I started lending money in Larry Bingham's back room. My first customer was a drover named Penny. He wanted two dollars on a Brindle cow at six percent interest. He said she gave six quarts of milk a day. You know what I made him do...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trading Partners (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hello, Ma BabySee more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Biggest Poker Game of All!, 14 February 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

One can make a case that Henry Fonda appeared in many westerns that were dramatic - mostly directed by John Ford. FORT APACHE, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, YOUNG MR. LINCOLN, and DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK come to mind. One can add JESSE JAMES and THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES and WARLOCK to this list too. But towards the end of his career he also did two comedies, one being a black comedy (THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN) and the other being this film, which is a very satisfactory straight comedy.

The story is about how three travelers from the east headed west land in a town where once every year a set of local heavy hitters (Jason Robards, Robert Middleton, John Qualen, Charles Bickford, and Kevin McCarthy) hold a really big poker game with a big pot for the victor. It's actually limited to these five men, but Fonda, who has a small cash fund for himself and his family, shows interest. He manages to get himself into the game - much to the distress of his wife (Joanne Woodward) and their son (Jean-Michel Michenaud). Fonda loses hand after hand, despite occasionally coming close to a decent hand of cards. Then, when he's out of money, he tries to raise money somehow. He claims he can't get out of the game - especially the next hand. He insists he has a brilliant poker hand! He becomes so insistent that he collapses. The local doctor (Burgess Meredith) says it's a mild heart attack. The others figure that it means the end - but Woodward insists that she have an opportunity to continue playing in order to try to win the family money back!

The five big hitters can't believe this, and struggle to restrain themselves from reminding her that she is not supposed to be in a big gambling game at all. But she is insistent. Fine, they insist on her ante - ing up. So...she decides to go for a loan to the local banker (Paul Ford). And I will leave the story at that point.

A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY is a western, and a comedy. It is also one of the handful of good movies (THE CINCINATTI KID is another) dealing seriously with card playing. The resolution of this clever comedy is a joy, and I recommend catching it when you can.

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