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Release Date:
1 July 1966 (France) See more »
Rule of the game: you must sit in from the beginning! And it's the wildest poker game in the west! See more »
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 »
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How can a film with this cast possibly go wrong? A constant delight. See more (52 total) »


  (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)
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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Meredith calls for, and receives a new deck, he has no chips in front of him. When he is shuffling the deck, his chips re-appear on the table.See more »
Sam Rhine, Hotel Owner:I'm not in the thinking business.See more »
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Ma Blushin' Rosie (Ma Posie Sweet)See more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
How can a film with this cast possibly go wrong? A constant delight., 3 May 2007
Author: ozthegreatat42330 from Central City, Kentucky

With Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Charles Bickford, Kevin McCarthy, Burgess Meredith and Paul Ford how can a movie fail? Certainly not this little jewel handsomely directed by Fielder Cook, normally a director of the small screen. But from the very beginning the film announces that it is going to be a lot of fun. Five of the wealthiest men in the territory drop whatever they are doing and gather once a year for a marathon poker game in a winner takes all stake. Into this rides Henry Fonda and his wife and son, on the way to Texas to make a new start. He is an on the wagon ex gambler, who instantly falls off when he finds out about the game and is suckered in by the meanest group of tightfisted sarcastic card players in the west. Just when he finally gets the hand he has been waiting for he has a heart attack, and his wife has to take over for him. What will happen and what hand is she holding? If you want to find out you just have to see this great little film for yourself.

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